The Perfect Meal for a Backyard Bash

For vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike, when you think of summer foods, chances are you’re thinking of the delicious, seasonal fruits and veggies that come along with. There’s nothing wrong with giving up meat for a night– and with this tasty pairing you’ll WANT to give your meat up. Balsamic glazed portobello mushroom caps on the grill can be dressed up any way you’d like; and a watermelon & feta salad combines sweet and savory for the perfect side dish. This meal is optimized to serve 4; but you can easily manipulate to suit your party size or personal tastes— and you can get everything you need to make it right here at Roma’s (in other words, we’ll see you soon!).

For the mushroom caps:
Ingredients:
4 Portobello caps
Balsamic glaze (we recommend Classic Cream from Isola— it’s made in Italy and can be found at Roma’s!)
EVOO
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Be sure to clean off excess dirt from your mushroom caps— to do so, take a damp paper towel and wipe the top of each shroom off. Cut the stems below the “rim” of the cap and then place each mushroom gill-side up in a large Tupperware. Drizzle with EVOO and season with salt and pepper. When you’re ready, fire up the grill, pop the shrooms on (gill-side up), and grill for about 10 minutes (we flip for maximum grill potential). Optional: Towards the end of their time on the grill, take a couple slices of our fresh Swiss cheese and stuff it into the cap so that it melts! Once your mushrooms are at rest, drizzle with the balsamic glaze. Stack them onto fresh, locally made rolls, delivered fresh every morning from your favorite bakeries in the Capital Region (like Perreca’s!) and top with sauteed peppers & onions!

For the watermelon & feta salad:
Ingredients:

½ large watermelon, cubed (about 8 cups)
6 oz. feta cheese crumbles
And your secret ingredient to tie the whole meal together… Balsamic glaze!

Directions:
Place watermelon cubes in a bowl and then sprinkle with feta crumbles. Drizzle with balsamic glaze, serve, and eat up!

We hope these recipes inspire you to get outdoors and get grilling! Here’s to spending another beautiful summer amongst those we love so dearly— we wish you days and evenings filled with sunshine, delicious food, great conversations, and happiness. Saluti! (that’s “cheers”, in Italian!)

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