It’s the Porcini mushroom season again! This weekend I took my little Beagle out for a walk in the forest nearby in the hope that I would find a few to make some roasted mushrooms. The outcome was 2 Kg of wild mushrooms – boletus edulis and not only. After a 3 hours walk, I went home satisfied with what was found. The next step was the cleaning process.
How to clean mushrooms
Cleaning mushrooms is a time-consuming process; without a good technique, the joy of a fresh porcini mushroom recipe can quickly disappear. For me, the best way to clean mushrooms is as follows:
- Start as soon as you arrive home. Do not let them overnight in the fridge as the porcini cap will become sticky and more difficult to clean.
- Use a soft brush to remove all the dirt and leaves traces from the mushroom.
- Under running water, gently wash just the mushrooms you are going to cook. If you plan to freeze them, do not wash them.
How to cook porcini mushrooms – roasted mushrooms
Many ask themselves how to cook porcini mushrooms. For me, the best way is to roast them. Then, one can use the roasted mushrooms, in different recipes (omelet, appetizer recipes, etc.) or use them like this as a side dish or even a main dish. Another porcini mushroom recipe would be to prepare a vegetable spread with porcini mushrooms. If I find enough fresh mushrooms, I will do this and post the recipe as well. For the moment, I will use the ones that I have to prepare roasted porcini mushrooms.
Roasting porcini mushrooms
For roasting the porcini mushrooms, one has to preheat some oil in a pan and then just add the mushrooms in. Use the cleaning procedure describe above and then slice the mushrooms into big chunks. I added salt, pepper, and some garlic and just mix the mushrooms in the pan so they will not get burned on one side. For roasting mushrooms, you will have to first wait for the water contained in the mushroom to evaporate, and then they will start to have a brown-golden color. This is what you are aiming for. When you have this color on all the sides of your mushrooms, you can consider them done.
Food pairing for roasted mushrooms
You can pair the roasted mushrooms with beef steak (see our medium rare steak recipe), chicken, bacon, and eggs.
On the vegetable side, you can use them together with asparagus, shallots, onions, tomatoes, peas, and fennel.
How to store roasted mushrooms
You can store the mushrooms in the fridge for up to 5 days. I usually place the remaining of them in a glass container with a lid and let them in the fridge for up to 5 days. If you want to store them for a longer time, you can freeze them, but as the roasted mushroom recipe is simple, I recommend using freshly cleaned mushrooms for freezing. By clean I mean only dirt clean by brushing and cutting out the bad parts. Do not clean them with water if you plan to store them in the freezer. You can place the cleaned mushrooms in a paper bag and store it in the freezer (the paper will absorb the excess humidity).