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Portobellini Cheese Melts with Pesto and Peppers

Loreto January 14, 2016

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Portobellini Cheese Melts with Pesto and Peppers

One of our favorite things to do is have a dinner which consists of different appetizers. I love the variety along with the fun involved in getting it ready and just relaxing and enjoying each bite. I love when Nicoletta and I do a shopping spree at the Italian Center Shop and we pick up cheeses and olives, fresh bread, some fresh tomatoes. We sit and enjoy each others company and devour all the goods always saying this is the best way to eat.



This appetizer was inspired by something we tried one day while out shopping. We were driving by a shop I love going to The SunTerra Market and wanted to share that with Nicoletta. This place is great, has wonderful produce and organic goods, and their deli is always amazing, this is where we had our wonderful lunch and inspiration to create Portobellini Cheese Melts with Pesto and Peppers.

Portobellini Cheese Melts with Pesto and Peppers

Portobellini Cheese Melts with Pesto and Peppers

As you may have guessed we had a mushroom dish and testing our taste buds to recreate our own appetizer we went to work with what flavors were present. The mushroom was a given Portobellini, a nice backdrop of pesto, and some nicely sauteed onions and peppers topped with a good melting cheese. Off to The Strathcona Market to get some ingredients. The first thing was the portobellini mushrooms and a sure winner is Mona foods never disappointed in anything we bought there; peppers and purple onions from Doef’s greenhouses, cheese from The Italian Center Shop and our home made pesto, and we are set.

Portobellini Cheese Melts with Pesto and Peppers

Portobellini Cheese Melts with Pesto and Peppers

I have to say these portobellini melts were amazing, the mushroom juices running with every bite and packed with that earthy flavor. The peppers sweet and savory delicately smoothed by the caramelized onion and elevated by the garlic housed in our homemade pesto so tasty fresh and buttery, and that crusty chewy melted Fontina cheese absolutely delicious. These are a hit and ones that I will think of for any party or gathering.

So next  time you have a party or you just want that appetizer family night, keep it in mind: Portobellini Cheese Melts with Pesto and Peppers. Even as a side dish, or on their own, they would be amazing. I know they will be a hit to all those mushroom lovers out there!


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Portobellini Cheese Melts with Pesto and Peppers

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 8 mushroom melts 1x


  • 8 medium portobellini mushrooms
  • 2 small purple onions
  • 3 mini red peppers
  • 3 mini yellow peppers
  • 3 orange peppers
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 teaspoons pesto
  • 1/2 cup of grated Fontina cheese (or cheese of your choice)
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Clean and remove stem from portobellini.
  2. Dice up onions and peppers. Mince garlic.
  3. Heat up olive oil in a saute pan.
  4. Toss in onions, peppers. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Cook till softened then add garlic and cook for another 2-3 minutes on medium to high heat.
  6. Set aside.
  7. Pre-heat oven to 350° F.
  8. Drizzle a bit of olive oil on mushroom tops.
  9. On a parchment lined baking sheet place mushrooms top side down, and season with salt and pepper.
  10. Place a 1/2 teaspoon of pesto into center of inside mushroom and spread evenly.
  11. Then add a couple of teaspoon fulls of the onion pepper mix, and top with some of the grated Fontina cheese.
  12. Place baking sheet in middle rack of oven and bake till cheese is melted and turning golden brown, roughly about 25 minutes.
  13. Take out of oven and serve.
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    Reply Taylor January 15, 2016 at 9:34 am

    I saw this on your Facebook page earlier this week and meant to head over to check it out! I’m obsessed with all things mushroom. Never thought of adding pesto and peppers to my stuffed mushroom, usually I add shredded chicken and cheese – that’s what’s great about them, so versatile 🙂

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto January 15, 2016 at 12:51 pm

      Ah yes the world of food creativity, gotta love it and the possibilities endless, from vegetarian to carnivor lol these are wonderful easy eats appetizers that would be the hit of any party or just that simple romantic appetizer night. Thank you for commenting we are ever so gracious.
      Creativity begins now!

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    Reply Tara @choperella January 15, 2016 at 9:35 am

    Mushrooms, pesto and cheese!!!! Can’t go wrong in my books. These look like the perfect appetizer and I love that they’re two bite!

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto January 15, 2016 at 12:47 pm

      Lol a two biter that’s funny. I hate when you are at a function and you have an appetizer that requires so much work and food is falling off your plate or even on your clothes. Not cool. These are perfect a couple of bites and their gone plus the mushroom has that perfect bowl shape housing the pesto and those wonderful peppers in, and the melted cheese holds it all together, amazing and eay eating, not to mention delicious. We are ever so grateful for your comment, thanks a million.

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    Reply Julia (@Imagelicious) January 15, 2016 at 9:49 am

    These are adorable. Since I was little I didn’t like mushrooms, but I slowly started warming up to them over the past few months. I think this is the perfect recipe for me to incorporate more mushrooms into my diet.

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto January 15, 2016 at 12:43 pm

      I think as a child mushrooms are too earthy and healthy and what child would love those except for the keeners lol. I think you are going to love these beauties so full of flavor, melted cheese and those sauteed onions and mini pepper medley just the perfexct stuffing to the meatiness of the potobellini mushroom. Thanks a bunch for the comment, makes our work worthwhile.
      Bon Appetite!

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    Reply Dana January 15, 2016 at 10:33 am

    Holy macaroni, I SO NEED TO MAKE THESE! I love stuffed mushrooms, but I find that so many recipes I stumble upon are the same ol’ game: cheese + breadcrumbs. The combination of pesto, peppers and cheese basically has me drooling on my keyboard here.

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto January 15, 2016 at 12:40 pm

      Thank you for your comment. Your going to love these the addition of the pesto and onions and peppers keeps the mushroom moist on the inside making them very juicy to bite into and the outside crispy with the melted cheese. Here is a napkin for that drooling don’t want to fry your computer lol. Would love to hear how you made out with these babies.
      Take care and happy cooking.

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    Reply Lily @GastroSenses January 15, 2016 at 11:52 am

    Oh, I absolutely love these! I used to make them all the time for holiday appetizers. I also like adding bacon to the stuffing. Yum!

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto January 15, 2016 at 12:15 pm

      Like tastebuds think alike they say. Adding the bacon would also be delicious. Bacon lovers stay tuned. Holidays parties are always a favorite, and these appetizers are a great addition to an entourage of other eats. Nice to hear from you and thank you for your comment we really appreciate it!
      Happy appetizering!

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    Reply Julia January 15, 2016 at 8:42 pm

    I am eager to try these with my wedge of Manchego!

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta April 8, 2016 at 12:05 am

      Thank you Julia, we love Manchego! I think they will taste delicious with it!

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