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Portobello BLT pizza on a pizza paddle.

Grilled Portobello BLT "Pizzas"

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American, French / American / Italian
Keyword: BLT pizza, grilled mushrooms, grilled pizza, portobello pizza
Prep Time: 21 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 41 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 488kcal
Talk about a taste sensation! Using a portobello cap in place of traditional pizza crust and then topping with classic BLT topping puts this appetizer over the top in delicious taste and texture!
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  • Gas or charcoal grill
  • Grill rack or large cast iron skillet


  • 4 large portobello mushrooms
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1 cup pesto homemade or store-bought
  • 2 cups fontina cheese shredded
  • 1 cup pancetta cubed and cooked until crisp
  • 1 cup Heavenly Village Marzano® tomatoes Sliced in half, lengthwise
  • 1 cup fresh baby arugula
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese grated, for garnish (optional)


  • Turn your grill onto medium high.
  • Brush the oil all over the prepared mushroom caps and then sprinkle salt all over.
  • Place the mushrooms, cap side down, onto a large grill rack or cast iron skillet.
  • Place the mushrooms (on the rack or skillet) directly over the heat and cover the grill. Let cook for 6 minutes. Carefully remove the rack or skillet from the grill.
  • Using a spatula, carefully turn the mushroom cap over, so the underside is facing up, still on the rack or skillet.
  • Spread each cap with 1/4 cup of the pesto sauce. Next, to each mushroom cap, add a layer of cheese, then a small handful of cooked pancetta, topped with the sliced tomatoes.
  • Place back on the grill and cover. Cook for about 6 to 7 minutes, unitl cheese has melted and is bubly.
  • Remove from the rack or skillet onto a plate and top with a small handful of arugula. Top with a sprinkle of grated Parmesan, if desired. Serve at once!


Calories: 488kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 92mg | Sodium: 1920mg | Potassium: 360mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1950IU | Calcium: 613mg | Iron: 1mg