Okay – I know you can’t see the mushroom, but I promise it’s in there! It’s just hidden by the cheese. 🙂

This was cheesy mushroomy goodness! YUM!!

A friend of ours was at our house this weekend and told us about these grilled cheese sandwiches that she makes. And, of course, I was craving them as soon as she told me, and had to make them for dinner ASAP.

They are made with portobello mushrooms, havarti cheese and some onion. Mmmmm…

Because of the size and shape of my bread, I cut the mushrooms in half and actually made 4 sandwiches – but if your bread is bigger, than it may be better to leave them whole.

Ingredients:
2 portobello mushrooms (stems and gills removed)
1 small onion, cut into thinly sliced half moons
8 slices crusty french bread (or bread of choice)
Havarti cheese (or cheese of choice)
Lots of butter (no one ever said grilled cheese is healthy :p )
And, of course, the requisite tomato soup

Directions:
In a medium pan – melt a few tablespoons of butter and then add in your onion for about 5 minutes, until just tender. Cut the mushrooms in half, then add them to the pan with the onions . Cook these for about 2-3 minutes per side to soften them up.

In the meantime, butter one side of each piece of bread, and heat a large skillet.

Place 4 slices of bread, butter side down, in the skillet, then add a layer of cheese.

Once the mushrooms are done, place the mushroom halves on each piece of bread. And then add another layer of cheese on top. (Okay, we like cheese.) 🙂

Place the other four slices of bread on top, butter side up. Press down with a spatula to make it easier to flip when you are ready.

Once the bottom piece of bread is a nice golden brown, use your spatula to flip the sandwich. (Note: the quicker you flip, the less time it has to fall apart.)

Cook for another few minutes until golden brown and the cheese is melted.

Serve with a big bowl of tomato soup. We used this Hearty Tomato because it has chunks of tomato in it, and the consistency isn’t quite as thick as regular tomato soup, which made it easier for me to eat the remaining soup after the sandwiches were gone.

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