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Grilled Baby Portabella Pesto Flatbreads – Swap It Or Top It With Mushroom Council and Kitchen Play

by Aggies Kitchen on June 24, 2013

This post is sponsored by The Mushroom Council via Kitchen Play.
Grilled Portabella Mushroom Pesto Flatbreads | #grill #mushrooms #vegetarian #pizza #appetizer

I don’t know about you, but I really appreciate a good spread of meatless options at any party or get together – especially appetizers. I have nothing against meaty snacks, but I just love veggie snack food better. Maybe because mentally I think I can eat more of it?

To me mushrooms are the ultimate compromise when it comes to satisfying both meat and veggie eaters. When cooked, they make a substantial addition to any recipe, and you can really flavor them up with fresh herbs and spices to pair up with cheese, breads, rice and pasta – among many other ingredients. You can stuff them for bite sized munching, saute them with savory garlic and herbs for a topping to a sandwich or main dish or use them as the star ingredient in a recipe like a grilled portabella mushroom burger or a stuffed portabella mushroom cap. I tend to use a good handful of chopped mushrooms to bulk up recipes like sloppy joes or stuffed peppers to keep them on the lighter side. The ideas are truly endless and I find myself always wanting to experiment with them more and more.

Grilled Portabella Mushroom Pesto Flatbreads | #grill #mushrooms #vegetarian #pizza #appetizer

I love cooking with mushrooms so much I have a Pinterest board dedicated to them.

Grilled Portabella Mushroom Pesto Flatbreads | #grill #mushrooms #vegetarian #pizza #appetizer

When I was asked to come up with an appetizer recipe to contribute to the “Swap It or Top It” Kitchen Play event with The Mushroom Council, these grilled summer meatless flatbreads immediately came to mind. Flatbreads are a great option for entertaining because they are so easy to whip up. I prepared these by first sauteing the sliced portabella mushrooms with a little olive oil, fresh thyme, salt and pepper. The flatbreads (I used Naan for the bread since they hold up so nicely on the grill) were quickly warmed up on the grill then taken off and topped with a shmear of fresh pesto, the sauteed mushrooms and of course cheese. Throw them back on the grill (or into the oven) until the cheese melts and gets bubbly and you have yourself an impressive little appetizer with minimum effort.

Grilled Portabella Mushroom Pesto Flatbreads | #grill #mushrooms #vegetarian #pizza #appetizer

Grilled Baby Portabella Pesto Flatbreads

Flatbreads make great appetizers at get togethers. Using mushrooms, such as baby portabellas, make these delicious grilled naan pizzas a hearty, yet still light snack perfect to enjoy with a glass of wine.


  • 10 Baby Bella mushrooms, sliced thin
  • 1 Vidalia onion, sliced thin
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • big pinch salt and pepper
  • 2 teaspoon fresh thyme, chopped
  • 2 Naan breads
  • 2 tablespoons pesto
  • 6 oz mozzarella, shredded
  • 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese


  1. In a large nonstick skillet over medium heat, cook mushrooms and onions in 1 teaspoon of olive oil. Add a pinch of salt and pepper and continue to cook for up to 7 minutes until mushrooms and onions start to soften. Add chopped thyme to mushrooms and onions and stir, cook for a minute or two longer. Set aside.
  2. Heat your grill to medium heat. Place naan bread on grill and heat both sides for 1-2 minutes each. Take of grill and place on large plate or cutting board to prep pizzas.
  3. To prep pizzas, carefully spread pesto evenly over each flatbread. Spread cheeses evenly over both flatbreads, then top with mushrooms. Place back on grill and cook with grill cover shut for a few minutes until cheese is melted. Slice into small finger-food sized portions and serve.


Transform these flatbreads into something all the meat-eaters in your group can get excited about by simply browning some diced smoked sausage or crumbled Italian sausage and adding to the mushroom mixture while preparing.


Do you have a favorite way to use mushrooms in recipes? Enter your recipe into the Mushroom Council’s Swap It Or Top It event for a chance to win $5000! Visit for more details and to enter your recipe.

And here’s a little tidbit that might win you a prize during the upcoming Swap It or Top It Twitter party next week – Kennett Square, PA is the mushroom growing capital of the world. The Twitter party is scheduled for June 25, 2013 at 7pm (EST) – make sure to drop in for some more mushroom facts, recipes and a chance to win $5000 and other prizes!

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This post is sponsored by The Mushroom Council via Kitchen Play. All opinions are my own.

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Liz @ The Lemon Bowl June 24, 2013 at 8:18 am

One of my favorite appetizers as a restaurant in town is the cheesy mushroom pesto flatbread! Sista – you’ve inspired me!


Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche June 24, 2013 at 8:22 am

Ahhh this looks incredible. Like pizza but with more good bits and without the tomato sauce (which is my least favourite bit!). I’m definitely pinning this to make later, love how cheesy it looks!


Jen @ Savory Simple June 24, 2013 at 8:40 am

What a beautiful, earthy flatbread. I just know this is amazing!


Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar June 24, 2013 at 8:44 am

I love when there are a lot of meatless options too! And this looks like such a fab recipe!


Bev @ Bev Cooks June 24, 2013 at 9:43 am

Ohhhhh oho hohoh oh my. Yes.


Sheila June 24, 2013 at 9:45 am

thats what I’m talkin’ bout sistah! super yum!


kelley June 24, 2013 at 9:53 am

I can always count on you for a great flatbread recipe! This looks awesome. I can’t get enough ‘shrooms in my diet! Hope you’re feeling great! xo


Meagan @ A Zesty Bite June 24, 2013 at 9:55 am

Oh my gosh I’m addicted to mushrooms.
This flatbread pizza looks great with the mushrooms.


Cheryl June 24, 2013 at 12:13 pm

Wow, for all the mushroom lovers out there, this is THE mushroom pizza :)


Pam June 24, 2013 at 12:29 pm

I can never have enough mushroom recipes. This flatbread looks amazing!


Amy @Very Culinary June 24, 2013 at 12:37 pm

Be still my ever lovin’ mushroom heart!


Erica June 24, 2013 at 12:41 pm

I really wish I liked mushrooms….They are an amazing meatless option. The pizza looks just fab


Denise June 24, 2013 at 1:12 pm

I am a big fan of making flatbreads, especially during the summer months. I love the option of a mushroom topping. We are huge mushroom eaters at our house, but have not topped a flatbread yet. Thanks for the inspiration.


ARCPoint Labs of Chattanooga June 24, 2013 at 1:15 pm

Baby bellas are the best!


cassie June 24, 2013 at 5:02 pm

I love the sound of this Aggie! I’m a fool for baby ‘bellas!


Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking June 24, 2013 at 5:53 pm

If my dang husband would eat mushrooms, I would make this all the time! Looks like I’ll just have to make it for my own lunch some day! Great recipe, Aggie.


Julie @ Table for Two June 24, 2013 at 9:25 pm

So gorgeous! I could eat this everyday!!


Kiran @ June 24, 2013 at 10:52 pm

Love flatbreads and can’t live without mushrooms! This looks like the perfect match :)


Rachel Cooks June 25, 2013 at 8:43 am

Could you mail me some of these please? I could live on this!


Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective June 25, 2013 at 8:43 am

Mmmm…LOVE mushrooms! Great appetizer!


Title Boxing Club Belton June 25, 2013 at 10:03 am

Sounds like a delicious pizza!


RavieNomNoms June 25, 2013 at 2:47 pm

Oh this just looks divine! I love mushrooms!


Terri/LoveandConfections June 26, 2013 at 7:04 pm

I love mushrooms too! They are my go-to add-in when I make couscous or risotto.


addie | culicurious June 27, 2013 at 7:22 am

yum, this looks delicious, Aggie :) I also love mushrooms. One of nature’s delights, for sure!


ashley - baker by nature June 27, 2013 at 7:38 am

Man, this looks SO good! I love swapping out meat and adding hearty shrooms to dishes like this, and they’re perfect for parties!


Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles June 27, 2013 at 8:07 am

I’m pretty sure I could eat this several times a week, I love mushrooms with onions and thyme and mozzarella!


Tieghan June 27, 2013 at 8:40 am

This looks amazing!!


Nutmeg Nanny June 27, 2013 at 10:37 am

Yum!! This looks fantastic :) I love baby portabellas!


The Healthy Apple June 27, 2013 at 10:17 pm

I LOVE mushrooms; this looks amazing, Aggie!!!


Susan June 28, 2013 at 1:05 pm

This looks fantastic! I love that you used naan, so easy to put together.


Ali | Gimme Some Oven June 30, 2013 at 12:40 am

This sounds amazing! I’m all for mushrooms over meat anytime! :)


Rachel July 5, 2013 at 10:22 am

This recipe looks delicious! I am a vegetarian and always appreciate tasty veg options :) Can’t wait to try it!


Rachael (Fuji mama) July 7, 2013 at 4:51 pm

You’ve got me drooling all over my computer keyboard! My family will love this. We’ve been eating more and more meatless meals over the past few years, so this goes along with that perfectly.


Kristi Rimkus July 14, 2013 at 10:57 am

I have yet to try grilling pizzas and flatbreads. I’m sure the grill gives them such a terrific flavor. I’ll have to grab some flat bread the next time I shop and give this a try.


shelly (cookies and cups) July 15, 2013 at 1:19 pm

Mushrooms pizzas are my favorite!!! So perfect :)


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