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Olive Garden is the leading restaurant in the Italian dining segment with more than 800 restaurants, more than 96,000 employees and more than $3.6 billion in annual sales. Olive Garden is a division of Darden Restaurants, Inc., (NYSE: DRI), which owns and operates more than 2,100 restaurants that generate over $8.5 billion in annual sales. Headquartered in Orlando, Fla., and employing more than 200,000 people, Darden is recognized for a culture that rewards caring for and responding to people. In 2014, Darden was named to the FORTUNE “100 Best Companies to Work For” list for the fourth year in a row. Olive Garden is committed to making a difference in the lives of others in the local community. As part of this commitment, Olive Garden restaurants have donated nearly 30 million pounds of food to local community food banks across the country.
Mushrooms with Mozzarella
MUSHROOMS with MOZZARELLA
Olive Garden Recipe
4 large, firm portobella mushroom caps, stems & gills removed
3/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
12-16 small, fresh mozzarella balls
1/4 cup pimento strips or sun-dried tomatoes in oil
1/4 cup sliced black olives
4 Tbsp pesto sauce
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
Fresh basil leaves
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Remove any dirt from mushroom caps with a damp towel and place in a shallow plate, tops down. Pour oil and balsamic vinegar over caps and allow to marinate for 1 hour. Bake caps in oven at for 8-10 minutes, tops up (if there is any excess moisture, it will drain out of the mushroom when baking instead of pooling inside, causing the mushroom to become soggy).
Cut mozzarella balls in half and place in a bowl. Add pimento or sun-dried tomato, olives, pesto, salt and pepper and stir. HINT: For increased mushroom flavor, finely chop and sauté mushroom stems in olive oil and add to filling mixture. Fill each cap with the mixture and drizzle with marinade. Bake caps for 8-10 minutes more, or until most of the cheese is melted. Garnish with fresh basil leaves and serve.
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