Thursday, June 28, 2012

Renny's Grilled Portobello Mushroom Caps: Revs 0, Crew 0

Two weeks ago I phoned in to The Rebel Alliance Podcast to talk food and Revs with Josh (@MrJNelson) and Renny (@RKSwan). If you're interested in hearing my lovely voice, click HERE and listen to the podcast.

During our chat, the topic of excellent grilled vegetarian dishes came up. Renny mentioned a method for grilling portobello mushroom caps stuffed with pesto that made my mouth water. So much that I set out to make them for the Revs home match vs the Columbus Crew.

They were delicious and easy to prepare. I served mine with grilled radishes, coleslaw, and macaroni salad. No formal recipe is included in this post, but don't despair! After chatting on #TRAP, I sent Josh and Renny some interview questions of my own. If you read on, you'll find Renny's own instructions for grilled stuffed portobello mushroom caps.
Six Questions with Josh and Renny of The Rebel Alliance Podcast:

Tell me about your podcast. How did you get started? What do you talk about?

Renny: We met on a rec league team, watched lots of USMNT, MLS, and Revs games.  When our team watched the Revs lose in MLS Cup twice it was open season on MLS jokes and questions for the Revs fan.  Josh followed both Dallas and Houston somewhat and our conversations about soccer inevitably bounced between USMNT and the Revs.  We went to the first two weeks of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa and the conversations got longer and longer.  After last season's collapse there was so much to discuss, what would grow out of that pile of compost?  I knew we could occasionally get interviews with other writers for - it is fun to talk smack with fans from other teams. So far it has been an awesome experience meeting other MLS fans and getting more voices from Revs fans talking about the teams.

Who would be your dream guest on #TRAP?

Renny: Evan Whitney or anyone else who was involved in the early Revs fanzine "Pictures of Chairman Mao," or POCM as it was referred to in the message boards.

Josh: Supa Shalrie, and if I could swing it, I would also like to talk to former Revs player (and native Texan) Clint Dempsey. 

When was your first Revs game? Do you remember who won?

Renny: I was in Foxoboro Stadium to see Darren Sawatzky's hair and the exciting Shoot-Out victory over DC United on April 27th, 1996.

Josh: My first exposure to the Revs was unfortunately watching them lose to Houston in the 2006 (and 2007) MLS cup while hanging with Renny at a pub. The first time I saw the Revs live was last season versus the Dynamo.

Tailgating for Revs games is kind of a big deal for us. You're in Texas - Do you keep any pre-game rituals from afar?

Renny: Current pre-game rituals include wearing something with a  New England reference: Five Island's Lobster Co. Or Sterling Fair t-shirts or a Revs t-shirt or jersey.  Nothing else has reached 'ritual' status, yet, though I do subject my wife to quite a bit of background and what-to-watch-for updates all day on Saturdays.  (Josh adds that we alternate watching the games at each other's houses and our wives have grown accustomed to startling yells at the tv)

Can you share your favorite tailgating recipe? (hint, hint, the portobello caps we talked about...)

Josh: Caramelized onions are good on everything.  Simply slice some white onions and put them, along with 2-3 tablespoons of butter and 1/2 teaspoon of sugar, in an aluminum foil pouch. Close it up and put it on the grill for 30 minutes or more. 

Renny: I like to make portobello caps with pesto and cheese.  Marinate the mushroom caps in balsamic vinegar (or a balsamic vinaigrette) ahead of time.  I cook them over a low heat on the grill, face up for a couple minutes, then down for a couple minutes, and then up again.  This is when to spoon into the cap a healthy dollop of pesto and then cover it with a slice of nice cheese - creamy harvarti or a good provolone.  Serve on a bun.

What beer pairing do you recommend with said recipe?

Renny: How about three beer recommendations?  Beer of choice is from Shiner, the Shiner Bock, the Shiner Light or anything else they make.  Sam Adams is always good, too.  The best Massachusetts beer I've recently discovered is Clown Shoes Brewery.  I certainly haven't sampled all of their brews, but I have like each one I've tried.

Josh: I really like IPAs and the IPA from local brewery 512 is really good. If I was going to pick a new England beer to go alongside some grilling, I was in Boston last November and couldn't get enough of the Harpoon winter seasonal, winter warmer.  I know it is summer, but that beer was amaze balls.

Want to hear more from Renny and Josh? Check out their website: and follow them on Twitter: @RKSwan and @MrJNelson.

By the way, my apologies for the long delay in posting about this two-weeks-old podcast...I was a little busy doing this:

I'm looking forward to making something super from our farm share for this Saturday's matchup against Seattle Sounders.

Before I go: Shameless plug! The Midnight Riders are running a super bus trip from Boston to Gillette Stadium for the 7/8 game vs. Red Bull NY. I'll be grilling up food to share...anyone who rides the bus can come find me for some free grub. And if that's not enough reason for you to join us, 7/8 is also Diego Fagundez Bobblehead Night! Come join us! Find out more and buy your bus ticket here.

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