Mushroom Recipes

Mushrooms are a surprisingly versatile ingredient — they make their way into our breakfast, lunch and dinner. And their culinary possibilities are seemingly endless. Not only are there numerous varieties to become aquainted with (ahem, it might be time to move beyond the button mushrooms), but you can prepare mushrooms in a number of ways. They can be grilled, stuffed, breaded, fried, roasted, braised and sauteed.

Often times we get stuck in the same routine, making the same ol’ stir-fry or our tried-and-true mushroom pasta sauce, but it’s time to shake things up. Get out of your cooking rut and start experimenting with this earthy ingredient. They’re subtle enough to make a savory side dish for meat eaters and are substantial enough to serve as an entree for vegetarians. Click through the slideshow below for cooking guidelines and recipe ideas.

Raw

Unlike a lot of other produce, mushrooms are delicious cooked and raw. You can slice them thinly to add to salads or include in a sandwich. Just be sure to thoroughly clean the mushrooms before eating — they tend to store dirt in their

Searing

Getting a nicely browned, crisp edge on your mushroom is culinary heaven. And we know, it’s not easy with mushrooms since they resist browning — releasing all that water into the pan. But it’s not impossible. Just be sure to add the mushrooms to a hot pan, with a good amount of oil. And whatever you do, don’t crowd the pan (this would just add too much water to it

Braising

You don’t need meat to enjoy the fine art of braising. Braising, the process of slowing cooking a dish with a bit of liquid at low temperature, subtly draws out flavors. And when braising mushrooms, they become hearty and comforting. Their depth of flavor increases and they make a most satisfying vegetarian meal — or a great addition to meat dishes.

Breading

Breading mushrooms is a great way to enjoy them. They retain their flavor and hold their shape well. Or you can puree the mushrooms and make a croquette out of them. When breading, treat this ingredient just as you would chicken — making sure that they have a golden-brown color on all sides

Roasting

Roasting mushrooms brings out their natural sweetness. You’ll want to make sure they’re well-coated in oil (and whatever other seasonings you add) before placing in the oven at 400 degrees. Allow them to cook through until well browned. Serving suggestions

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