Sunday, January 24, 2010

Rouxbe Online Cooking School

Portobella Mushroom Burger
I know it's a very simple sandwich, but I've never made a portobella "burger" before. I've made plenty a burger WITH bella's but not just using the bella AS the burger.
After looking at a butt load (that's a metric butt load, btw) of recipes, the common basics were:

1. Marinade the mushrooms in any vinaigrette for 30 minutes. It could be as simple as store bought Italian dressing or one you whisk up yourself. I made a simple basil vinaigrette.

2. Grill over a 450-500f fire for 4 minutes a side. Start with the gills down so during the second four minutes, you can fill the mushroom with your cheeses. I used crumbled Boursin cheese and baby spinach leaves.

3. Serve on a roll with a lot of texture, like ciabatta rolls with a seasoned mayonnaise.

I went with this mayo from the December issue of Southern Living and their "Fast and Festive Sandwich Spreads" article. Alexis and I both loved it. It brought a lot of flavor to the plate. We will definitely make this again.

Bearnaise Mayonnaise

1/3 cup dry white wine
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar

2 ea shallots, minced

1 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon fresh tarragon

1 teaspoon lemon zest

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Cook the first 3 ingredients over medium high heat until reduced to about 1 tablespoon of liquid (about 5 minutes). Allow to cool. Stir remaining ingredients into mixture. Serve with burgers, steak sandwiches, etc.

I found letting it sit in the fridge for an hour let the flavors blend.

Rouxbe Online Cooking School
The Foodie Blogroll has a contest this month for the Rouxbe Cooking School. Any Foodie Blogroll member that signs up for the Rouxbe free 7 day premium member trial is entered in to weekly drawings for a free lifetime membership. I was so excited to find out that I have won!!!!

The Foodie Blog Roll Contests: Winner!

During my free trial, I spent a few hours at Rouxbe and even took a few lessons. Some of it, I knew, some of it I thought I knew, and I learned something I didn't know in each 8 to 15 minute lesson. I was very impressed with the quality of the content. I am thrilled to find out my free trial is now a free membership!

The things I liked are:
  • Professional grade video lessons (Not just some chef with a camcorder)
  • Curriculum based lessons complete with session objectives, the videos, practice recipes that use the techniques taught, discussion, and a quiz.
  • Recipe video collection
  • Course content
So will it prepare you to become an Executive Chef at a restaurant? Heck no. That's not their goal. There intent is to:

To help you become a better and more confident cook by teaching you basic to advanced cooking skills and techniques – the same things that chefs learn in a professional cooking school – so you can be free from being a slave to just recipes.

If you are like me, a pretty decent home cook that wants to learn to be better than you are, I recommend checking out Rouxbe. (Basic memberships are free and give you a good idea of what they are about.)

If you are a food blogger wanting more foodie traffic and info about more giveaways like this, sign up at the Foodie Blogroll.


  1. Mmmm,mmmm! Grilled portobellas, delicious filling, and that Bearnaise Mayo on cibatta bread to top it off - what's not to love here!
    Congrats on your win! :-)

  2. Congrats on your winning!!!! I can't wait to see you post about what you learn!

  3. Wow, I'm impressed. Are you sure you didn't sneak some meat under that bun;D I'm laughing because my husband always has to have meat on his plate. The portabella burger looks great and I love the idea of adding cheese. I like it when you post the research you've done on a recipe, that's pretty cool!

  4. Martha: They were so good that we had them again today for lunch!

    Pam: I'm sure I'll be posting some of the practice dishes. I just like learning and this will stoke that fire.

    Kim: LOL, no but we did say that some crisped bacon, lettuce and tomato would be good on this in the summer.

  5. The bread makes it enticing as well Chris! We are eating vegetarian this week, and playing with soups...mushroom is in the mix!

  6. Congrats on winning - you lucky guy.

    I love, love, love bella burgers. The bearnaise mayo is making my mouth water.

  7. First, congrats on your win. That is awesome.

    A good grilled portabella sandwich is a wonderful and flavorful alternative to a grilled burger. I have never made it myself (You may have just inspired me) but, I have tasted a few really good ones. Yours looks divine.

  8. Congratulations on your win. I love this recipe and can't wait to make it for my semi-vegetarian daughter. The mayo recipe sounds fabulous!

  9. Congats on winning! This looks great. The mayo sounds off the hook!!!!

  10. Congrats on your win! The portabella sandwich looks delicious and easy, love the mayonaise!

  11. Portabellas absorb so much flavor from any marinade, you forget it is a mushroom!

  12. Oh YUM! I love a good, meaty Portobello!

  13. And HOW COOL that you won! Let us in on some tips!

  14. These are beautiful! We decided we're eating veg. once a week and I know my husband will approve of these little beauties! That Bearnaise sauce looks awesome too..congrats on winning the contest!

  15. I love PB mushrooms and also expect you to share what you have (will) learn. GREG

  16. "metric butt load" -- you are da bomb!!!!! And congrats on your lifetime free prize. It doesn't even matter what it is -- it's for a LIFETIME. And it's FREE!


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