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Do you have any unusual family traditions? As a little kid growing up in RI we had a very peculiar family tradition. On Sundays, a half dozen of our closest relatives would pack up a hot meal (usually consisting of baked chicken legs, sausage and peppers and Portuguese rice) and then head for the coast. First we’d spend about an hour in traffic, after that we’d fight for a parking spot and then we’d spend the next 6-8 hours roasting on a crowded beach. But the best part was lunch. Remember that hot meal? Yeah, we’d eat that right on the beach…in the blazing hot sun. Are you jealous yet?

Portabella Mushroom Cheesesteaks

I’m making fun of that tradition but the memories are actually good ones… especially the food memories. This recipe is inspired by the sausage & peppers that we used to eat on the beach and it is honestly one of my very favorite sandwiches…not only because of the awesome food memories, but because it tastes so dang good! Mmm…peppers, caramelized onions and meaty portabella mushrooms smothered in melted cheese on a crusty roll! Plus…substituting portabella mushrooms for steak saves literally hundreds of calories! (PS…the photo above is me with my Mom and Nana)

Portabella Mushroom Cheesesteaks

Time flys….1983 never looked so good. :)  (My Dad and I making sandcastles)

Portabella Mushroom Cheesesteaks


  1. In a saute pan heat olive oil over medium/high heat until sizzling. Add onions, reduce heat to medium/low and cook until brown and caramelized (onions will be pleasantly fragrant).
  2. Add sliced peppers and sliced portabella mushrooms. Saute with onions, stirring occasionally until texture of peppers and mushrooms softens slightly (about 5 minutes). Add garlic powder, salt and black pepper.
  3. Once cooked to your liking, remove from heat and assemble sandwiches. Layer sliced cheese on a roll or bread/wrap and top with onion/pepper/mushroom mixture. The heat of the mixture will melt the cheese until it is gooey and oh so delicious. Enjoy!

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