Mushroom-Veggie Sloppy Sandwiches certainly don’t sound particularly appetising, or indeed remotely appetising, but they were surprisingly tasty. This is also quite a time-consuming/ labor-intensive meal, well at least within the realm of 30 Minute Meals. Portobella mushroom caps were oiled, seasoned with salt and pepper, chilli powder and garlic, and roasted in the oven for 12 minutes. Meanwhile, a vegetable chilli was made with onion, garlic, zucchini, jalapeño, red pepper, cumin, chilli powder and hot sauce. Some stock, tinned tomatoes and kidney beans were added to the pot, and the slop thickened with refried beans. The refried beans were actually a fantastic way to thicken the chilli in a very short space of time. Maybe this technique is common knowledge, but it was a new idea to us. The sandwich was constructed within a toasted English muffin, which seemed a strange choice of bread product. From bottom to top the layers were- muffin base, grilled mushroom, sloppy chilli, cheese, sliced avocado with lime juice, and muffin top.
Rachael Ray recommends living life on the edge and eating this meal with your hands. The title is not misleading, this is a very sloppy sandwich; we took the knife and fork plan of attack. We were both very tired and very hungry but we ate all of it very quickly. This is a good solid meal. It’s a lot of effort, but it was certainly tasty. Is it worth the effort? Maybe. Would we make it again? Perhaps, at least some elements. I love the roasted mushrooms, but they are just as good with only salt pepper and a little olive oil.
Tomorrow we are having Pork Loin Chops with Golden Delicious Apples and Onions on Polenta with Honey. Honestly, I am too tired to even think about it.