Ingredients Jump to Instructions ↓

  1. 4 portobello mushroom caps

  2. 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce, eyeball the amount

  3. 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar, a splash

  4. 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, eyeball it, plus extra for drizzling

  5. 1 1/2 pounds ground sirloin

  6. 1 small onion, chopped

  7. 2 cloves garlic , chopped

  8. 1 jalapeno, seeded and chopped

  9. 2 tablespoons tomato paste

  10. 2 tablespoons dark chili powder, a palm full

  11. 1 tablespoon steak seasoning blend (recommended: Montreal Steak Seasoning by McCormick)

  12. 8 ounces smoked white cheddar (recommended: Cabot brand) or smoked gouda, sliced

  13. 2 roasted red peppers, drained, available in salad bar and deli sections of market in bulk or in jars

  14. 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro leaves or flat-leaf parsley

  15. Macho Gazpacho Vegetable Chunk Salad, recipe follows

Instructions Jump to Ingredients ↑

  1. Preheat grill pan or large nonstick griddle pan over medium high to high heat. Brush mushroom caps with damp towel to clean them. Scrape away gills with a spoon. Combine Worcestershire sauce with balsamic vinegar , then whisk in 2 tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil . Brush mushrooms with dressing. Grill mushrooms on hot grill pan or griddle for 3 or 4 minutes on each side, until tender. Transfer to a plate and cover loosely with foil to keep warm.

  2. Combine meat in a bowl with onion, garlic, jalapeno, tomato paste , chili powder and steak seasoning blend. Form meat into 4 large (1 1/2 inch-thick) patties. Grill meat 4 to 7 minutes on each side for medium-rare to well done burgers. Melt cheese over burgers during the last minute or 2 the meat is on the grill. A loose foil tent will help the cheese melt quicker.

  3. While the meat cooks, grind the roasted red peppers in a food processor with cilantro or parsley.

  4. To assemble, place a portobello cap-side-down on a plate and spread a spoonful or 2 of the ground roasted red peppers into the cavity. Top with a chili-smoked cheese burger and serve. Macho Gazpacho Chunk Vegetable Salad makes a great side dish.


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