Mushrooms are loved by both adults and kids and very few people don’t like this addition to their plate. Mushrooms are a versatile ingredient, and can be incorporated into any recipe that you may be cooking. Cooking mushrooms is not only simple but also rewarding as you can be sure of appreciation on the dinner table.
When cooking mushrooms there are only two tips to remember, cook them on a high heat and ear them till brown. Mushrooms can be added to any dish of your choice just remember to sear them well and always add them to the dish when the dish is almost done.
Mushrooms tend to get smaller as they cook, so if you add them to a dish long before the dish is almost done, they will shrink into tiny bits.
You need to start by cleaning and slicing the mushrooms. If they are small in size you can leave them whole too. For cooking mushrooms, heat butter or olive oil and add the sliced mushrooms.
If you so prefer, you may mix different types of mushrooms too. As you sauté the mushrooms they will ooze out a liquid, cook till the liquid is dry. The mushrooms can then be added to your recipe.
If you would like to have only mushrooms, it would be an interesting option to add red wine or sherry to it and let it heat for a few seconds then add chopped herbs like rosemary, scallion or parsley and toss with a little salt and pepper for a delicate mushroom recipe.
Alternatively the mushrooms can be roasted in the oven too. Toss the mushrooms in a little olive oil, salt and pepper along with a few crushed garlic cloves. Roast in the oven at 400c for about 30 minutes. Delicious roasted mushrooms are ready to be gobbled and cooking mushrooms never was easier.
You can choose from a wide variety of commercial mushrooms available and if you are lucky you may be able to get hold of the exotic ones like truffles too. The most commonly available mushroom is the button mushroom or the agaricus. White, plump and domed shaped they are popular among mushroom lovers due to their pleasing flavor.
A few other favorites are Chanterelle a vase shaped mushroom, color ranging from orange to bright yellow. They are expensive when bought fresh, best added at the later stages of cooking they are great in salads, risottos and sauces.
Shiitake, Oyster Enoki and portabello are some of the other hot favorites. Each of them has their own unique flavor.
Cooking mushrooms is fun and an adventurous journey thanks to the different types available.