Sep 2, 2014

portobello adobo burger + "vegan chocolate" winner

Day 2 of our burger extravaganza is a Portobello Adobo Burger with Roasted Corn and Guacamole. This is a gluten free burger, depending on the bun used. What makes this burger an adobo is the marinade, which is a dried pepper puree, spiked with a few seasonings, including cumin, oregano and garlic.

It is important to remove the gills of the portobellos, otherwise you end up with an unappetizing black mushroom instead of a lightly seared, red-ish colored masterpiece. Use a spoon to scrape out the gills and discard or compost them.

Guajillo peppers used in the adobo are not all that spicy, so it makes for a perfect adobo. You can use other dried peppers, but be wary of the heat level. You can procure dried chili peppers in the produce section of most grocery stores or hit up your local Mexican market, where you will find more varieties of dried chillies than you'll know what to do with.

I served our mushroom burgers with rice and beans flavored with lime zest and cilantro. Another great side dish could be this Creamy Macaroni Salad, the Tex-Mex Variation (EVE, page 98), from Everyday Vegan Eats.

As a quick reminder, Vegan Richa is giving away a copy of Everyday Vegan Eats in the next few days. It's easy to enter to win! Go HERE.

And now for the recipe:


Portobello Adobo with Roasted Corn and Guacamole
Serves 4

1 ounce (about 6) guajillo peppers
2 tablespoons neutral oil, divided
½ small onion, chopped
6 garlic cloves, chopped
1 teaspoon ground cumin
½ teaspoon dried oregano
¼ cup water
½ teaspoon sea salt
½ teaspoon natural sugar
½ teaspoon apple cider vinegar
Fresh ground black pepper
4 portobello mushrooms, stemmed and gilled
4 burger buns, toasted
½ cup corn kernels, thawed if frozen
Guacamole, recipe below
Spinach leaves, as needed

1. Toast the peppers in a dry skillet over medium heat until the peppers are pliable and lightly toasted, about 2 minutes. When cool enough to handle, stem and seed the peppers. Soak the peppers with fresh water just enough to cover in a medium bowl for about 20 minutes. Drain and transfer the peppers to a blender.
2. Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until golden brown, about 4 minutes. Add the garlic, cumin and oregano. Stir and cook until the garlic is fragrant, about 1 minute. Transfer the mixture to the blender.
3. Add the water, salt, sugar, vinegar and black pepper, to taste, to the blender. Blend until smooth. Transfer the mushrooms to a large baking pan and add the adobo marinade. Rub the mushrooms with the marinade on both sides. Set aside to marinate for at least 15 minutes or overnight.
4. Heat a few teaspoons oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add a few mushrooms and cover the skillet. Cook until the mushrooms begins to soften, about 3 minutes. Flip the mushrooms and continue to cook on the other side, covered, for another 3 minutes. Flip the mushrooms again and continue to cook if the mushroom is not tender.
5. Heat a small skillet over medium heat. Add the corn and stir and cook until golden brown, about 6 minutes.
6. Divide the spinach among the burger buns, top with a mushroom, gill side up, add about 2 tablespoons of guacamole and top with 2 tablespoons of roasted corn. Add the top of the burger bun and serve.

2 avocados, peeled, pitted and mashed
1 small ripe tomato, finely chopped
3 scallions, finely chopped
¼ small jalapeƱo, finely minced
2 tablespoons minced cilantro
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
Sea salt and fresh ground black pepper

1. Combine all the ingredients in a medium bowl. Stir well and adjust seasoning with salt, black pepper and lime juice.
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Now for the winner of  "Vegan Chocolate - Unapologetically Luscious and Decadent Dairy-Free Desserts" by Fran Costigan. Drum roll, please....

The winner is comment number 13: Turtle. I'll be contacting you! Thank you everyone for playing along. Stay tuned for more giveaways, as it is, after all, MoFo and I'll be giving away 4 more cookbooks this month, including Vegan Tacos by Jason Wyrick.


  1. oh wow thank you sooo much! My daughter and i will put this to good use :), then go hit another yoga class :)

    Maybe it would be easier if we could just arrange to live next door to each other, it would make my meal times so much easier ;)

    1. If only! It would be great to have vegan neighbors!

      Enjoy the book!

  2. I love Southwestern flavors. This gets a huge ole in my book!

    1. If anyone knows about SW flavors. it's you Kim! Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Gorgeous! I love portobellos. And that burger looks fantastic :)


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