Grilled Baby Portabella Pesto Flatbread Pizza
This post is sponsored by The Mushroom Council via Kitchen Play.
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.
I love cooking with mushrooms so much I have a Pinterest board dedicated to them.
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, this grilled summer meatless flatbread pizza 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 flatbread pizzas (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 Baby Portabella Pesto Flatbread Pizza
Yield: serves 6-8 (as an appetizer) or 2-4 (as a meal)
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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One of my favorite appetizers as a restaurant in town is the cheesy mushroom pesto flatbread! Sista – you’ve inspired me!
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!
What a beautiful, earthy flatbread. I just know this is amazing!
I love when there are a lot of meatless options too! And this looks like such a fab recipe!
Ohhhhh oho hohoh oh my. Yes.
thats what I’m talkin’ bout sistah! super yum!
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
Oh my gosh I’m addicted to mushrooms.
This flatbread pizza looks great with the mushrooms.
Wow, for all the mushroom lovers out there, this is THE mushroom pizza 🙂
I can never have enough mushroom recipes. This flatbread looks amazing!
Be still my ever lovin’ mushroom heart!
I really wish I liked mushrooms….They are an amazing meatless option. The pizza looks just fab
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.
Baby bellas are the best!
I love the sound of this Aggie! I’m a fool for baby ‘bellas!
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.
So gorgeous! I could eat this everyday!!
Love flatbreads and can’t live without mushrooms! This looks like the perfect match 🙂
Could you mail me some of these please? I could live on this!
Mmmm…LOVE mushrooms! Great appetizer!
Sounds like a delicious pizza!
Oh this just looks divine! I love mushrooms!
I love mushrooms too! They are my go-to add-in when I make couscous or risotto.
yum, this looks delicious, Aggie 🙂 I also love mushrooms. One of nature’s delights, for sure!
Man, this looks SO good! I love swapping out meat and adding hearty shrooms to dishes like this, and they’re perfect for parties!
I’m pretty sure I could eat this several times a week, I love mushrooms with onions and thyme and mozzarella!
This looks amazing!!
Yum!! This looks fantastic 🙂 I love baby portabellas!
I LOVE mushrooms; this looks amazing, Aggie!!!
This looks fantastic! I love that you used naan, so easy to put together.
This sounds amazing! I’m all for mushrooms over meat anytime! 🙂
This recipe looks delicious! I am a vegetarian and always appreciate tasty veg options 🙂 Can’t wait to try it!
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.
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.
Mushrooms pizzas are my favorite!!! So perfect 🙂
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