Vegan Portobello Muffuletta

Vegan Portobello Muffuletta

Serves 4

This pressed sandwich is a vegan version of the New Orleans classic that uses mushrooms and pine nuts rather than meat and cheese. The size and hearty texture of portobello mushrooms make them perfect for this sandwich.

Ingredients: 
  • 3 large portobello mushrooms
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons chopped garlic
  • 3 tablespoons white wine or vegetable broth
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup sliced pitted black olives
  • 1/4 cup sliced pimento-stuffed green olives
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh oregano
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 (8-inch) round loaf Italian or French bread, halved horizontally
  • 1/3 cup sliced roasted red peppers
  • 1/3 cup sliced marinated artichoke hearts
  • 3 tablespoons pine nuts
  • 12 basil leaves
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Method: 

Using a small spoon, scoop out and discard the black gills from each mushroom. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and cook just until it begins to turn light golden brown, about 30 seconds. Arrange mushrooms in skillet in a single layer then add wine and season with salt and pepper. Cook, flipping the mushrooms once, until tender and most of the liquid has evaporated, 3 to 4 minutes total. Set aside off of the heat to cool slightly.

Meanwhile, combine black and green olives, parsley, oregano, vinegar, salt and pepper in a small bowl and press the mixture with the back of a spoon until it's roughly mashed; set aside.

Using your fingers, remove some of the bread from the inside of both halves of the loaf, making sure to keep a 1-inch border around the edge. (This will help to make room for the filling. Save the bread that you remove for another use, like making breadcrumbs or croutons.) Layer both halves of bread with olive mixture then arrange peppers, artichoke hearts, pine nuts and basil on the bottom half. Top with mushrooms, spreading them out to cover the entire width of the bread. Assemble the top and bottom halves of the loaf to form a sandwich.

Serve muffuletta right away, or wrap it very tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour, weighted down with a heavy object like a cast iron skillet filled with a few heavy canned goods. Cut into wedges before serving.

Nutritional Info: 
Per Serving:Serving size: 1 wedge, 200 calories (120 from fat), 14g total fat, 1.5g saturated fat, 0mg cholesterol, 410mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (2g dietary fiber, 2g sugar), 4g protein
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