Portabello Macadamia Nut Ricotta Cheese Tomato and Basil Tower

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Portabello Macadamia Nut Ricotta Cheese Tomato and Basil Tower

Raw food-Vegan

Cuisine: Vegan

Serves: 2 Scale Update


  • Marinated Mushrooms
  • 3 portabello mushrooms cleaned with stems removed
  • 10 mL garlic minced
  • 1 green onion minced
  • 120 mL olive oil
  • 30 mL nama shoyu ( use normal soy sauce if you can’t find it)
  • 1 mL coarse black pepper
  • 30 mL lemon juice freshly squeezed
  • 5 mL lemon zest
  • Macadamia Ricotta
  • 60 mL macadamia nut milk
  • 60 mL lemon juice freshly squeezed
  • 30 mL olive oil
  • 360 mL macadamia nuts soaked 4 hours, drained, rinsed
  • 60 mL cashews soaked 4 hours, drained, rinsed
  • 5 mL Himalayan pink salt
  • 5 mL garlic minced
  • 60 mL nutritional yeast
  • Heirloom tomatoes layers
  • 4 whole beautiful Heirloom tomatoes or if not available, your favourite ripe tomatoes, seeds removed, then sliced
  • Basil leaf layers
  • 1 whole fresh bunch, leaves only


  1. Procedure:
  2. Marinating the mushrooms
  3. 1. Remove stems and wipe the mushrooms clean with a damp towel. (Save the stems for a treat later.)
  4. 2. Add the marinade ingredients to a large resealable bag or mixing bowl as listed. Toss ingredients together, carefully ensuring that the mushrooms are completely covered with marinade.
  5. 3. Set aside for 30 minutes to 8 hours. The mushrooms can be marinated a day in advance, then stored in the refrigerator; the longer you marinate, the better the flavour.
  6. Creating the macadamia nut ricotta
  7. 1. Add all the nut ricotta ingredients as listed in a high-powered blender. Process ingredients until smooth and creamy.
  8. Creating your tower
  9. 1. Remove mushrooms from marinade. (Save marinade for a fantastic salad dressing.) Begin by adding the first “cheese” layer to the Portabello, stem side up. This means the top of the mushroom will be face down on the plate (makes cutting a snap!).
  10. Next layer is sliced tomatoes, then basil.
  11. 2. Now add your second layer of cheese, top with portabello, third layer of cheese, basil layer, tomato layer, fourth and last layer of cheese. Now top with the final portabello.
  12. Stacking Tips
  13. 1. When adding the 2nd Portabello, add cheese to the stem side of the mushroom first, then lay on top of the basil (it’s nearly impossible to spread cheese over basil leaves). Then simply spread another layer of cheese onto the top of the mushroom and begin adding another layer of basil and tomato. For the 3rd and final Portabello, add cheese to stem side of mushroom first, then add to stack. This leaves the top of portabello face side up.

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