Portobello mushroom pizzas are a light, easy alternative to personal pizzas. Enjoy these stuffed mushrooms as delicious vegan appetizers or snacks.
I’ve been enjoying my (sort of) new air fryer, but I haven’t been getting as creative with it as other people in my Facebook group have. I’ve done potatoes in fancy ways but mostly plain French fries and hash browns, tempeh bacon, asparagus, and, most successfully, tofu. After weeks of just “winging it,” I decided to take a look at the recipe book that came with my AF (as I abbreviate it) and noticed a non-vegetarian recipe for portobello mushroom pizzas that looked easy to veganize.
The only thing that concerned me was the cheese. It would have been fairly easy to make any one of my vegan cheese sauces to drizzle over the portabella pizza, but doing so would have added steps and additional time to the recipe. Then I remembered how much I enjoyed the broiled portobello served with red pepper hummus at my favorite restaurant–and that I had some kalamata hummus in the fridge. That settled it. Instead of cheese, my portobello pizzas would be enhanced with hummus.
I know that most people don’t have air fryers, so I’ve included the instructions for cooking them in the oven. Truth be told, it’s probably easier to make them in the oven because you can fit them all in at once and there’s no need to move them around. Air frying is a little faster, though, so if you want to just make one or two quickly, it’s perfect.
Lots of people on Facebook have been asking about the air fryer, and I want to address some of their questions:
Do I need an air fryer?
No, unless you live in a mobile home or dorm room or somewhere where you can’t have an oven, you probably don’t need an air fryer. It does have some advantages over an oven or toaster oven, such as cooking more quickly and producing less heat, but it’s not a necessity for most people. I’ve found it to be a great convenience to be able to cook potatoes in a hurry when I’m short on time, and it does such a great job on tofu that I will probably never bake or pan-fry it again. But I recognize it is a luxury that not everyone needs or can afford.
Can you really cook in an air fryer without oil?
This is the question I get the most because air fryer manufacturers always include some oil in their recommendations and recipes. The answer is yes–you can cook without oil. You run a slightly higher risk of having food stick and your results will not be exactly as crispy or “fried” tasting, but that goes for any type of cooking without oil. If you’re used to oil-free food, you will probably enjoy the taste of air-fried food. Just don’t expect miracles.
Which air fryer should I buy?
There are dozens of models available now, so read the reviews on Amazon and get the biggest one you can afford (or that your counter space will allow). I got a good deal on my little Phillips Viva, but I wish I’d bought a bigger one, even though I’m usually just cooking for two. I like the steel mesh basket on the Phillips, so if I had it to do over again, I would probably get the bigger model, even though it is one of the most expensive AF’s on the market. Then again, I would love to have the Breville Smart Oven Air, but I already have the regular Smart Oven and can’t justify the expense.
Making portobello mushroom pizzas gave me the perfect opportunity to play with a gadget I’d just bought, a rack used to double the capacity of my small air fryer. It was a big help because some of my portobellos were so big that I could fit only one of them into the basket at a time, if not for the new rack. I took the precaution of switching the mushrooms’ places halfway through cooking, so that each got some time closer to the heating element. If you use a rack in your AF, I recommend moving the food around if you can.
Portobello Mushroom Pizzas with Hummus
- 4 large portobello mushrooms
- balsamic vinegar
- salt and black pepper
- 4 tablespoons oil-free pasta sauce (such as 365 Organic)
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 3 ounces zucchini shredded, chopped, or julienned (about 1/2 medium)
- 2 tablespoons sweet red pepper diced
- 4 olives kalamata olives sliced
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 1/2 cups hummus (see notes for Kalamata version)
- fresh basil leaves or other herbs minced
- Wash the portobellos well. Cut off the stems and remove the gills with a spoon. Pat the insides dry and brush or spray both sides with balsamic vinegar. Sprinkle the inside with salt and pepper.
- Spread 1 tablespoon of pasta sauce inside each mushroom and sprinkle it with garlic.
Air Fryer Instructions
- Preheat the Air Fryer to 330F. Place as many mushrooms as will fit in a single layer or use a rack to hold two layers. (You may need to do this in batches, depending on the size or your air fryer and portobellos.) Air Fry for 3 minutes.
- Remove mushrooms and top each one with equal portions of zucchini, peppers, and olives and sprinkle with dried basil and salt and pepper. Return to the Air Fryer for 3 minutes. Check mushrooms and rearrange if using a rack. Return to the Air Fryer for another 3 minutes or until mushrooms are tender. Place on a plate, drizzle with hummus and sprinkle with basil or other herbs. If you want, you can put the portobellos back into the air fryer briefly to warm the hummus.
- Preheat oven to 400F. Place the sauced portobellos in a baking dish and bake for 5 minutes. Remove from the oven and top each one with equal portions of zucchini, peppers, and olives and sprinkle with dried basil and salt and pepper. Return to the oven and cook until mushrooms are tender, abut 15 minutes. Place on a plate, drizzle with hummus and sprinkle with basil or other herbs. If you want, you can put the portobellos back under the broiler briefly to warm the hummus.
Nutritional info is approximate.
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I hope you enjoy! Please let me know if you have more questions about the air fryer.
JulieMay 17, 2017 at 6:36 pm
I absolutely cannot wait to try these. Funny thing ~ I’ve been craving mushrooms today! 🙂 (I’ll be making them in the oven as I don’t have an air fryer ~ I tried, but returned) Thanks for the new recipe Susan!
moonwatcherMay 18, 2017 at 4:42 pm
These are beautiful and look delicious too! I will be making some version of these in the oven, but I also appreciated the good Q and A on air fryers. Thanks, Susan! xo
Neha SharmaMay 19, 2017 at 8:27 am
Great recipe portobello mushroom pizzas with hummus …….
CrystalMay 19, 2017 at 7:35 pm
Made these tonight and they were awesome!!!!!
KJJune 6, 2017 at 5:35 pm
I just made this, and it was really really good. Instead of pasta sauce, I used some pureed roasted red peppers I had leftover from another recipe, and mixed in some italian seasoning. It was perfect. I used a conventional oven.
Tasty, nutritious, filling, and easy…..
JessiJune 8, 2017 at 10:30 am
Wow, that dish looks amazing in those pictures!!!! Beautiful end presentation!!! Have to try making it very soon.
mammaj71June 12, 2017 at 11:05 am
My air fryer is the AWESOME…..My husband bought it and I end up using it 90 percent of the time…the more recipes the better!!!Keep up the great work!
Diana LopesJune 16, 2017 at 3:14 pm
This is such an amazing recipe. I love trying different and exotic recipes and this one won me over in the title. Can’t wait to try it!
Amanda RennyJune 19, 2017 at 5:47 am
Very awesome recipes. Looking very delicious. Thanks for sharing such a wonderful recipe. I will definitely try it. Please share some more yummy recipes like this.
NicoleJune 28, 2017 at 7:09 am
This should be interesting to try out. I’ve never tasted portobello mushrooms before
TandiJune 28, 2017 at 10:49 am
This recipe is so creative and looks delicious!! I have been looking into getting an air fryer for a long time. I can’t wait to try this.
SAugust 26, 2017 at 6:55 am
Hello, this is very interesting, but I wonder why we remove the gills of the mushrooms?
Susan VoisinAugust 26, 2017 at 7:44 am
You need to remove the gills to form a cavity that your fillings sit in.
SSeptember 9, 2017 at 7:37 am
Thank you for your prompt answer. I am not a fan of mushrooms myself, but my friend loves them so I thought I would make this for him. But, in reading about removing the gills I thought there must be something wrong with them, then thought to the other times I made mushroom things for him without removing anything and he never complained… =]
Glad I have not poisoned him, or that he ate them in spite of a bad flavor out of some feeling of obligation. 🙂
Martin HuangNovember 30, 2017 at 1:05 am
It’s a mushroom pizza!! Love it and it’s totally healthier.