10/25/14

Making magic with your mushrooms

Roasting mushrooms in the ovenOf all the flavor profiles, umami is my favorite…and of all of the umami foods, roasted mushrooms are high on the list.

Mushrooms are mostly water, so the secret to really getting that deep, earthy goodness from them is to roast out some of the moisture, almost like a reduction, which concentrates and intensifies the flavor.

That’s why those thin, almost leathery slices of ‘shroom on top of a properly baked pizza are so good!

Here’s what I do with just about any mushrooms I’m going to add to a dish like a pasta, eggs, stuffing, soup*, or even for topping a burger or sandwich.

*Fyi…an uncooked mushroom is a sponge, so by tossing them raw into a soup, stew, etc., it’s going to just soak up whatever liquid it’s cooking in, and you’ll get almost no “mushroomy” flavor from them.

1lb white mushrooms
1/2 stick salted butter
2-3 lg garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp. salt, to taste

Preheat oven 10 375F.

Brush the mushrooms clean or wipe with a (barely) damp cloth, then slice 1/4 inch. Any thinner and they’ll start breaking apart.

Oven roasted mushrooms

Combine butter, garlic, and salt in a microwave-safe bowl, and nuke until the butter is completely melted. Stir to mix well, and pour over sliced mushrooms in a large bowl. Toss gently until ‘shrooms are completely coated.

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Oven roasting mushrooms

Spread mushroom slices in a single layer on a foil-lined baking sheet or Pyrex pan. Don’t worry if there’s a little overlap here and there, you just don’t want them in piles.

Oven roasting mushrooms

Roast at 375F for 10-12 minutes, then switch oven to broil and cook another 5-6 minutes, watching closely, until they look like this…

Oven roasting mushrooms

These mushrooms can be used immediately, or stored in a zip bag in the fridge for 2-3 days before using.

I’ll post one of my all-time favorite pasta recipes next week, using this recipe, so be sure to put your email on the “Follow” box in the right-hand column, so you don’t miss it!

-Chef Perry
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