There are several different kinds of mushrooms from which to choose. But, please do your choosing at the grocery store. Unless you are an expert, this is not one growing thing that you want to pick yourself! Many, of course, can be poisonous, and you don’t want to take that chance. So when looking for mushrooms for your mushroom recipes, the approved grocery store is your best place!
Mushroom recipes don’t have to be special recipes. You can take a recipe that you like and just add mushrooms to it. This works especially well for beef and chicken recipes, but there are vegetarian dishes that it works for too. A side of broccoli can be immediately perked up when a few mushrooms are added. Sometimes you can even substitute mushrooms for your meat. Thick and meaty Portobello are great for this. Many people use a big Portobello mushroom instead of a burger. It is delicious when cooked on the grill and topped with a piece of cheese for a cheeseburger!
The thing about mushrooms is that they can be very versatile in both flavor and texture. If mushrooms are added to a soup, they make their own creamy gravy thickening the soup automatically. They also dress up a dish. Sautéed mushrooms spread on top of a steak make for a very fancy dish! It also adds a little bit of a softer texture to the dish.
Sometimes people are a little intimidated about mushroom recipes. They are not sure how to go about preparing these gems. The biggest mistake people make is when cleaning the mushrooms. If you soak them in water to try to clean them, you will be left with a soggy mess that you are not able to cook with very easily. Mushrooms work best when wiped with a damp paper towel. You don’t want to soak them unless the recipe calls for this. Wiping them with a damp paper towel can be a bit messy, but it is definitely the best way to clean them. Or better yet, buy the ones that have already been cleaned. This is a huge time saver!