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Old 03-31-2008, 11:16 PM   #1
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What can I do with *far* too many mushrooms?

I was organized! Well planned! Exercising Dicipline!

I made a meal plan. It wasn't fiddly, but it was full of delicious things. I went to the store to buy the required goods, to find they were out of flat mushrooms, tuna in springwater, and mince (Seriously, what supermarket runs out of ground cow?)

So I went to another supermarket, and found everything, but with one problem... I could only get flat Mushrooms in a big jewel box. I really wanted to make mushroom burgers for dinner and I was frustrated this was the second story I'd tried, so I bought the box.

The burgers were delicious. They used 2 out of 12 mushrooms. Said 'shrooms aren't useful in the remaining dishes. So what can I do with 'em before they go off?

I was thinking making a duxelle, then freezing it for use later, but I'm not sure how well duxelle freezes. Mushroom gravy is possible except I have no pan drippings, and I can't really freeze them whole as I suspect they won't survive the proceedure.

Any ideas?


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Old 03-31-2008, 11:18 PM   #2
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You can put them in salad..eat them plain...saute them with white wine, butter and garlic .

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Old 03-31-2008, 11:22 PM   #3
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quadlex, what are flat mushrooms?

if they're portabellas, try sauteeing thick slices in butter and garlic for a bit. then add red wine, and slowly reduce so that the 'shrooms suck up the wine and butter sauce.

or, marinate in italian dressing, grill, then melt chunks of gorgonzola into the ribs.
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Old 04-01-2008, 05:56 AM   #4
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Duxelle freezes beautifully.

I don't know what "flat mushrooms" are either. Are they stuffable?

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Old 04-01-2008, 06:53 AM   #5
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It looks like they're portabellos: Mushrooms

Here is a bunch of recipes for them: flat mushroom Recipes at Epicurious.com You can add more ingredients that you have to the search box, to narrow down the results. HTH.
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make a lemon and garlic sauce, then deep fry the mushrooms in a corn flour batter, then dip in said sauce.
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Old 04-01-2008, 08:45 AM   #7
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Flat mushrooms are about the size of a man's palm and are also known as Field mushrooms. They are the earthy flavoured ones that fry up well as a substitute for the mince part of a burger. Excellent for stuffing or putting through a pasta dish. Not so good for raw eating but not saying that you can't either. They would probably make a robust flavoured soup too. Hold together really well on a BBQ too.
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Old 04-01-2008, 08:58 AM   #8
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This seems like a good site for mushroom recipes. They have several mushroom varieties to choose from. The portabella consomme' sounds good to me.

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Old 04-01-2008, 09:12 AM   #9
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You can still make a mushroom gravy. Cut them up, saute them in butter, remove them, add flour and make a roux. Mix in some bourbon and cream and make a mushroom gravy for a meatloaf that uses a mixture of beef, pork, veal, Parmesan cheese, milk, onion, Italian breadcrumbs, s&p.

I have also used them as "plates". When I make a meal that includes a side of pasta, I cook the mushroom in the oven (olive oil, kosher salt, pepper, various sweet herbs) and bake until done. Place my pasta in the cap as a holder.

I also always remove the gills from these mushrooms - I hate that icky brown liquid!

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Old 04-01-2008, 09:20 AM   #10
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Slice them and saute in butter or olive oil with salt & pepper, and garlic, if you wish. Freeze.

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