Vegetable Napoleons are a wonderful way to turn your garden bounty into a delicious dinner.

Fresh summer vegetable: mushrooms, red peppers, tomatoes, zucchini, eggplant, asparagus, onion, etc.
Fresh mozzarella
Extra virgin olive oil
Balsamic reduction (recipe follows)
Marinade (recipe follows)

Marinade your mushroom. Cut your vegetables into thick, stackable slabs, brush with olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Grill until charred, but still firm.

Toss your spinach with a little olive oil and season with salt.

Preheat your oven to broil. Stack your grilled vegetables, top them with mozzarella and put them under the broiler for 2-3 minutes, just until the cheese begins to melt.

To plate: arrange your greens, drizzle them with balsamic reduction and top it all off with a vegetable tower.

You can stack the Napoleons ahead of time if you’re making these for a group. Put them under the broiler just before serving. They make a great make ahead party meal.

Balsamic Reduction
1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon sherry or port
1 tablespoon maple syrup, honey or sugar

Place in a heavy saucepan over low heat and reduce by half. It should take 12-15 minutes. Watch it carefully, you want a thickened syrup but it will burn quickly. It will thicken up as it cools.

Can be kept for several weeks.

1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 teaspoon balsamic
1/4 teaspoon soy sauce
1-2 cloves garlic, chopped
Chopped fresh herbs: rosemary, thyme, savory, basil, parsley, or whatever you like
A pinch of salt

Place everything is a bag with your mushroom and set aside to do it’s magic.

Springtime A-dur 1 by Heinz Olmstedt


  1. I think it's because we had a pear orchard where I grew up. I loved the pears but hated the vinegary smell of the fallen, rotting fruit.

  2. looks so yummy, I"m getting hungry!  I have everything I need in my garden to make this.  Love it!

  3. looks delicious!! a nice piece of grilled salmon would make it perfect for me!! you can't go wrong when cooking on the grill!! ; )

  4. Great recipe. I personally loathe vegetables but my wife is a vegetarian. So I am often looking for new stuff to try and make for her. She will love this one. Thanks.

  5. This looks awesome! (So does the wavy hair). We go through a whack of Portabellos when my daughter visits during BBQ season, and the stems all go into the dehydrator to make Portabello Mushroom Powder. I'll be posting this to her Facebook wall.

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  8. I flee from all vegetables and vinegar is my personal Kryptonite…yet I still watch all of your cooking videos for the techniques. You should be proud. (grin)


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