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The Hungry Hounds is the food blog of Paul and Rebecca Shetler Fast, country representatives for Mennonite Central Committee in Haiti. Learn more about MCC Haiti at their blog, www.haitimcc.org.
Portobello burgers with green olive tapenade are funky and slightly off the beaten veggie burger path with a briny sauce that will send your taste buds into cartwheels of happiness. All modesty aside, we were feeling pretty chuffed with ourselves when we first bit into these burgers. Creamy mozzarella melts into smoky portobellos with a full meaty texture. Green olive tapenade brings a mysterious licorice and sea salty flavor, respectfully sandwiched between rolls liberally smeared by basil mayonnaise. High-fives and groans of delight were followed by a respectful five minutes of silent appreciation (read: scarfing) of these portobello burgers with green olive tapenade.
Tapenade is from the Provence region of France and is traditionally made with black olive and anchovies. Having neither on hand, but a hankering for a snappy dip, this was our own concoction. We played with the combination of parsley, tarragon, capers and green olives until we reached a good balance of briny versus herbaceous.
Yield: 4 portobello burgers with toppings & 1 1/4 cups tapenade
Burgers & toppings:
Green olive tapenade:
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