Here's how it all started. I was shopping and I wanted to try an assortment of different cheeses on hamburgers and see what was my favorite. But I thought I should also have a veggie burger and bought a fabulous looking Portobello mushroom.
I love shallots baked in oil, so I purchased a cluster of shallots, some sweet red peppers, some pretty leafy lettuce to display it all on, and avocado. Let's face it, avocado, as far as I'm concerned, tastes good on anything. [That's a serving platter to the right. The Portobello was huge.]
Being a celiac, I decided to forgo a bun with this burger, hence the name Naked Burger.
Next, I roamed the deli counter and asked the cheese monger for his favorite goat cheese. He mentioned Cypress Grove Purple Haze, which I'd had once before on a cheese tasting plate and had loved. It has flavors of lavender and fennel and is nicely tart. So I bought it.
And here's what I came up with. A burst of flavors that turned out to be vegetarian, light, and yummy!
NAKED VEGGIE BURGER
With Goat Cheese, Shallots and Peppers
(for one salad)
1 Portobello mushroom, stem removed
1 sweet red pepper, diced
1 tsp. chives, diced
1 oz. Purple Haze Goat Cheese
1 shallot, baked in 1 tsp. olive oil
1 Tbsp. olive oil
2 Tbsp. water
1 Tbsp. white wine
1 slice avocado
Leafy green lettuce
Chives for garnish
Roll the shallot in 1 tsp. olive oil and wrap in foil. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, sauté the Portobello mushroom in 1 Tbsp. olive oil, coating generously on both sides. Grill for 4 minutes. Add the water and white wine and deglaze, flipping the mushroom once during the process. Add 1 tsp. of snipped chives and the red pepper, diced. Cook 2 minutes longer.
Remove all from heat.
Prepare broiler. Set the Portobello mushroom on a baking sheet. Crumble the goat cheese on top. Broil for 4 minutes. Remove from broiler. Smooth the cheese on top using a knife. Broil 1-2 minutes longer.
Set leafy green lettuce on a plate. Add a slice of avocado and garnish with baked shallots, chives, and extra red pepper. Set the “naked burger” on the lettuce. Dust with paprika.
I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. I'm sure it could be served on a whole wheat bun. I served it with a malbec from Argentina called Arido. [Don't be fooled by the screw-top.] It's bursting with flavors of cherries and jam.
For more recipes and to learn more about The Cheese Shop Mystires, check out my website Avery Aames.