PORTABELLA MUSHROOM CAP PIZZA
Okay, these pizzas are out of this world yummy! With each pizza coming in at only 134 calories and packing the giant punch of 18 grams of protein, you can finally feel guilt-free about indulging on pizza night!
Years ago when I first discovered this recipe, I remember telling my husband I was going to try making these. I also remember him scrunching up his face and giving me some seriously skeptical eyebrow wiggles. Now mind you, my hubs LOVES mushrooms, but he is a die-hard pizza fan. I'm talkin' about a hardcore pizza love that is rock solid to the core. This man knows EXACTLY what kind of pizza he likes, what he wants on it, and where he wants it from.
Friday night is our pizza delivery night. After serving up healthy (and yummy) meals all week to my clan, Friday is a day for everyone to get their pizza fix. Well... everybody except me. I try not to eat pizza because gluten really bothers my system. If I really want it, I'd let myself have a piece or two with a salad but honestly I don't want it. It usually makes my belly sick if I do try to eat it. So when I saw this recipe I thought it would be perfect to make on pizza night. I could finally have pizza too!
Well, let me tell you, when I made these portabella pizzas for the first time, my husband went nuts. He LOVED them! The kiddos loved them too! Neither one of my girls like mushrooms but honestly, it's not really the mushroom cap that you taste, it's the toppings. Both of my girls ate up every bite and asked for seconds!
My youngest doesn’t like tomatoes so I always make a couple portabella pizzas with the traditional toppings of sauce, cheese and pepperoni. That’s the beauty of this recipe. You can top these mushroom caps with ANY topping that you want!!!
They are just like a regular personal pan pizza. Everyone can have their own favorite toppings on them.
My personal favorite is the bruschetta topping (which is in the recipe below). But you are free to do anything your little heart desires!
PORTABELLA MUSHROOM CAP PIZZAS w/ Bruschetta Topping
Makes 5 Pizzas
- 5 PORTABELLA MUSHROOM CAPS
- 2 1/2c Diced TOMATOES (any type or combo)
- 1 1/2c SHREDDED MOZZARELLA CHEESE (1/4 reserved for bruschetta mixture)
- 1/4c GRATED PARMESAN CHEESE
- 1/2c Finely Sliced GREEN ONIONS
- 2 Tsp DRIED PARSLEY
- 1/2 Tsp GARLIC SALT
- 1/2 Tsp DRIED BASIL LEAVES
- SALT & PEPPER (Desired amount)
- 1/4c Reduced Fat FETA CHEESE (Optional)
- PAPER TOWELS
1. Remove mushroom stem and scrape the underside of the mushroom caps with a small teaspoon. Be somewhat gentle when scraping (especially the edges) so that you don't break the cap.
This is what the underside of the mushroom cap looks like before scraping.
This is what the underside of mushroom cap looks like after scraping, washing and drying.
2. Wash and dry the mushroom caps.
3. Line a cookie sheet with foil and lightly mist with cooking spray. Place mushroom caps on cookie sheet and broil EACH side for 5 minutes. Broil them with the undersides UP first.
*After caps are broiled, you'll need to soak up the extra liquid with paper towels.
This is what the caps look like before broiling.
This is what they will look like after broiling. After broiling they will be smaller and darker. While broiling they'll release a lot of liquid which you'll dab up with paper towels (once they cool a bit).
4. While mushroom caps are broiling, dice up the tomatoes and put in large bowl.
Bunch up a paper towel and while tilting bowl, soak up the liquid from the tomatoes. Repeat until all extra liquid is sopped up.
5. Mix green onions, 1/4c grated Parmesan cheese, 1/4c shredded Mozzarella cheese, garlic salt, dried basil, dried parsley, salt, and pepper in with the diced tomatoes.
6. Wipe off and dry the foil that is lining your cookie sheet and then RE-MIST it lightly with cooking spray. Place mushroom caps back on foil, UNDERSIDE UP.
7. Sprinkle a small amount of mozzarella cheese as the first layer on the cap. Then put a generous amount of bruschetta as the second layer. Then sprinkle the top with reduced-fat Feta cheese (This is optional. Instead, you can sprinkle another layer of mozzarella cheese).
8. Broil until cheese is melted and slightly browned. Approx. 5-7 minutes.WATCH CLOSELY!!
NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION: Serving size = 1 Pizza
- 134 CALORIES
- 9g CARBOHYDRATES
- 6g FAT
- 18g PROTEIN
*These values are for the Bruschetta pizzas and DO include the Feta cheese. These values are NOT for the plain cheese pizzas, the pepperoni pizzas, or the green pepper pizzas.
You can top your pizzas anyway you like. Everyone gets to have their favorite!
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