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Chickpeas whole and mashed make vegan stuffed Portobello mushrooms that are topped with sesame seeds.

vegan stuffed portobello mushrooms

  • Author: Denise
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


Vegan stuffed portobello mushrooms featuring mashed chickpeas seasoned with sumac, thyme and sesame seeds make a no-fuss and elegant dinner for two.



  • 2 portobello mushrooms, stems removed, and gills cleaned
  • 1 1 /2 cups of chickpeas (15 oz. or 400 gm. can), drained and rinsed
  • 2 Tbsplemon juice
  • 2 Tbsptahini
  • 2 cloves of garlic, pressed or finely minced
  • 2 tspsumac
  • 2 tsp. of dried thyme
  • ½ tspsalt
  • 2 tspsesame seeds (use 1 tsp. for the filling, and 1 tsp. to sprinkle on top)


  1. Preheat the oven to 4250 F. (2200 C.) and place the rack in the middle.
  2. Wipe the portobellos with a damp paper towel if they need to be cleaned. Remove the stems and scoop out the gills to create a 'stuffing space.'
  3. In a small bowl, mash half (3/4 cup) of the chickpeas with a fork or a potato masher.
  4. Mix in the lemon juice and tahini and stir until it smooths out a bit.
  5. Add the garlic, sumac, thyme, salt, and 1 teaspoon of sesame seeds.
  6. Stuff each mushroom with the chickpea mixture, then add the remain chickpeas on top and sprinkle with the remaining sesame seeds.
  7. Place the mushrooms in a shallow baking dish or on a baking tray.
  8. Bake for 20 – 30 minutes or until the mushrooms are just tender when pierced with a fork.


  • You can substitute 2 teaspoons of Za'atar spice blend for the sumac, sesame seeds, and thyme if desired. If you do not have sumac, use 1 teaspoon of finely grated lemon zest.
  • One mushroom is very filling, so plan to double (or triple) per person. Don’t underestimate the satisfaction.
  • You can use this idea for making stuffed mushroom appetizers using button mushrooms.
  • If you want a sauce to go with your sides or mushrooms, lemon tahini dressing is a natural fit for the flavors.
  • Want to make your own tahini? Get the recipe here
  • Category: Main Courses
  • Cuisine: plant-based

Keywords: vegan stuffed portobello mushrooms

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