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Thursday, March 25, 2010

Portabello Pita Pizzas

One night in Scottsdale, we hit up Cafe Carumba a second time for their margarita special and decide to order a few appetizers to accompany the drinks :) One of the dishes we ordered was their veggie pizza. I don't know if it was our intense hunger from hiking that day or that the pizza was that good, but we all fell in love! While eating, we discussed recreating it at home some time...but found ourselves craving it the next day and decided to give it a go.

(The original dish)

The menu description of the veggie pizza is as follows: roasted garlic, poblano peppers, mushrooms, spinach, parmesan, and goat cheese. We were convinced they forgot the poblano peppers, so we omitted them in our version as well. Our recreation was nearly as good as the original, considering we were working with minimal ingredients. Should I make it again (and I will!), I'll make more of an attempt to recreate their garlicky parmesan sauce that coated the pizzas. We didn't have parmesan and the condo lacked olive oil, but our version (which is what I'm posting below) was still a hit!

(Our version)

**These would be perfect paired with a salad for dinner, or cut into small wedges and served as part of an appetizer spread!

Portobello Pita Pizzas
inspired by Cafe Carumba's veggie pizza

-5-6 whole wheat pita breads
-1 head garlic, roasted
-1 package sliced portobello mushrooms
-4-6 oz. spreadable goat cheese
-1/2 large red onion, chopped
-red wine (for caramelizing the onions)
-1 bag baby spinach

1. Chop red onion and cook over stovetop in butter until sautéed. Add a little bit of red wine and allow onions and wine to cook until caramelized (30-40 minutes).
2. Brush pita breads with melted butter, rub roasted garlic over one side, and broil in the oven for 2-3 minutes, until lightly browned.
3. Saute spinach in a little butter over stovetop until wilted.
4. Saute portobello mushrooms in a separate skillet until warmed through.
5. Spread goat cheese onto pita breads. Top with mushrooms, caramelized red onions, and spinach. Bake at 350F for 5-10 minutes.
6. Slice and dig in!