The Original Foreplay Funghi

Foreplay Funghi started life as an iVillage recipe finder recipe called Portobello Napoleons, then both Food Julia and myself fussed with it. In other words, this is not a retro recipe at all, unless of course, just under 5 years ago makes it old enough for retro..

Grilled Vegetable Napoleons

Serves: 4


1/2 tsp or so of crushed garlic
herbs, (basil, thyme, etc)
olive oil
salt and pepper
balsamic vinegar
6 Portobello mushrooms
1 eggplant
1 zucchini
1 red bell pepper
8 oz ricotta cheese
1 beaten egg
parmesan cheese
1lb fresh mozzarella

  1. Combine garlic, herbs, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and salt and pepper to make a marinade. (Your favorite vinaigarette recipe works great)
  2. Slice vegetables and place them in a ziplock bag.
  3. Pour the marinade mix over the vegetables and shake. Let stand 5-15 min.
  4. Grill the vegetables.
  5. In a medium sized bowl, mix the ricotta and beaten egg, a bit of parmesan, salt and pepper.
  6. Bake in the oven till warm through and serve.


  1. Mushrooms are good but they got me in all sorts of trouble! More trouble than socks even.

  2. Ha! I remember the mushrooms!

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