Category: Food & Drink

How To Dry Saute Mushrooms

By , September 14, 2017

In writing the recipe for Cheesy Mushroom Pie, I mention dry sautéing. I ransacked older posts looking for instructions to link on how to dry sauté mushrooms. I’m sure I’ve written this down before—I certainly refer to the process enough. But, it doesn’t seem to be here. This is an important skill for any amateur mycologist (see Gourmet Delicacies for Free: Foraging for Mushrooms).

Dry sautéing works well to cook most wild mushrooms. Very few of the mushrooms we harvest should be eaten raw; apparently, some people do, but we play it safe. We use this method to cook mushrooms initially; how far we take the process depends on how much additional cooking they’ll get in the dish in which we use them.

I learned about dry sautéing from David Arora’s indispensable book,  All That the Rain Promises and More. The book tells very specifically how to prepare mushrooms this way. I’ll tell you how we do it, in my own words:

Clean the mushrooms, then slice them thinly, ¼ inch or thinner. We try to keep the pieces fairly uniform in size, but that doesn’t seem to matter too much.

Place the mushrooms in a pan over high heat. This is a small batch of mushrooms: one each, chanterelle, bolete, and hedgehog (Photo: Sarah A. Zeiger).

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Recipe: Homestead Cheesy Mushroom Pie

By , September 11, 2017

As I wrote the previous post (see Participation Makes a Good Sauce) I resigned myself to the necessary follow up, posting the mushroom pie recipe itself. That’s not a problem, except there really is no recipe—Aly scratched the dish, so someone needs to write it down. Looks like it’ll be me, and, in 21st Century fashion, it starts as an electronic document before transcription to a recipe card. So be it.

The problem, you see, is that recipes generally specify exact amounts. We created a classic family dish: “Some of this, some of that and . . . some of that. This might make it really good, let’s try it!” and so forth. This isn’t so much a recipe as a set of guidelines.

Before you plunge in, please note that the recipe calls for a soup mix that should be made ahead of time.

Zeiger Homestead Cheesy Mushroom Pie

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