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Don't Use Too Much Salt When Trying Phideaux's Mushroom Recipe
My density and lack of understanding of what dry sautee-ing (sp?) entailed lead to a serious derailment of what could have been some quite excellent mushrooms**. My big mistake was that I put WAY TOO MUCH salt in the pan. I thought that because i didn't have kosher salt, i would just compensate by dumping in the Morton's. Big mistake. I ended up with a special EnLaCalle recipe that I like to call, "Heart Attack Mushrooms". Quite possibly the saltiest things I've ever eaten. Like blowing olives out of the water salty. I ate them anyway, and am hoping I don't keel over today. Good thing I'm sweating so much in this mid-nineties heat. Perhaps I've been able to more or less obtain some sort of homeostasis with my salty shrooms. Friends don't let friends royally screw up their gourmet cookin'. Go easy on the salt folks. When the man says a pinch, he means a pinch.
**For cross-reference, see "Eating Habits" thread, page 4 I think, for Phideaux's tasty recipe.
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Frankly, Mr. Shankly
I'm going to be trying that recipe (ever since I saw it in the other thread) for the girl - she's not into mushrooms but I love them so I always feel that so many recipes are going wasted since we're both "pescatarians".
I actually like my mushrooms moist.
sam--this is my favorite way to cook mushrooms. i like using fresh thyme. sometimes i saute them in butter or olive oil--a tiny amount. I love how first they suck up the oil, then dry up, then start releasing mushroomy liquid. sometimes i toss in some vermouth right after the garlic.
they are wonderful in an omelette, if you go for that kind of thing. or, cooked with a lot of olive oil, and an EnLaCalle-sized pinch of red pepper flakes, you've got pasta sauce. i just add a little cooking water from the pasta to keep things loose. Yum! Aglia e Olio e Funghi.
My favourite way to cook portobellos is this one. It's awesome.
And I like riding fixed...
Originally Posted by operator
THAT looks tasty. When I come home from a long fixed-gear ride, sometimes I like to cook big portobellos by stuffing them with garlic, olive oil, parsley and parmesan cheese and broiling 'em until crispy. Kind of "escargot" style, sans snail.
Here's my vote for the ultimate mushroom-hunting bike
you could run four fixed cogs (2 front and 2 rear) for ultimate terrain adaptability. those morels wouldn't stand a chance...
Originally Posted by EnLaCalle
If you're going to substitute regular salt in place of kosher/sea salt, USE HALF.
Or, you could use soy sauce.
Whatever you choose, add just a bit at a time, as it's much easier to add more than it is to take some out.
Kinda like cutting the brake cable the right length....really tough to add any back on afterwards.
I tried this tonight, but I did the mushrooms in the oven instead of on the grill. Also, after topping them with the tomatoe/cheese/etc mix, I added a few bread crumbs and another bit of cheese and finished them in the broiler to make a crispy top. Very good!!
Originally Posted by cavit8
Now to try phideaux's recipe with my leftover portabellos. . .hmm I'm all out of fresh sage, maybe I'll use some of the rosemary I have kicking around.
Sam, have you ever read any of Tom Colicchio's books? He's a great lover of 'shrooms, and he advises against moving the mushrooms around too much in the pan. He's got a good description in "Think Like a Chef," on the shelves of finer Barnes & Nobles throughout the city. Just another notion, thought I'd offer.
I like to use tarragon, myself.
like, really sloppy
yea i was gonna say that.. you compensated in the wrong direction.. thhats why cooks use sea and kosher, i think, cause its less salty so you can use more and get more taste.. am i right? this is coming from someone who is eating a trader joes instant curry tuna package as i type this...so i might be making it up
Originally Posted by sabretech2001
Originally Posted by sloppy robot
Cooks use kosher because it's very absorbent, or porous, so when you taste it, it's a saltiness infused with the flavor of the thing you're cooking. And it does, as you say, tend to be "less salty," so you can use more of it--it's a finer instrument than the brute force of plain, old iodized salt. And sea salt has more of its own flavor, rather than one of a processed flavor enhancer. It doesn't taste like the most primitive form of Mrs. Dash. One can use it more as an additional spice.
we need a Fixed Gear Enthusiast Recipe Corner
Originally Posted by weed eater
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Thanks for the book recommendation, peripatetic, I'll check it out! I'm always looking for cool cooking books. I'm a big fan of Good Eats, the show by Alton Brown, he's really no-nonsense, explains the science behind his choices, and advocates finding new uses for common cooking tools, great guy! He's funny too.
I like kosher salt for a few reasons, the reason kosher salt was invented was for the process of 'koshering' meat, where you apply salt to the outside of the meat, which sucks the moisture out, and preserves the meat. The porous nature of kosher salt (imagine it as big pointy pieces of broken up lava rock) means it can suck out a lot of moisture without just dissolving into the meat, and the pointyness means it can stick onto things instead of just falling off.
I also like it because it is easy to pinch, I almost never measure salt (sometimes if I'm baking), and the texture of kosher salt makes it easy to make consistent pinches.
I never cook meat, but I do use the koshering properties of kosher salt to their maximum. Its my primary salt!
For this mushroom recipe, kosher salt is perfect, because our goal is to pull moisture out of the mushrooms, which is kosher salt's domain. I recommend picking some up, its good stuff.
Any 'meaty' herbs go well with mushrooms too, rosemary, tarragon, sage, are all good examples. I just personally prefer sage (and its easy to grow!).
The comment about not moving the mushrooms around a lot is a good one. The fancy 'dancing' saute you see a lot of chefs doing on TV looks cool as the food leaps into the air, but its useless for cooking, because when the food is in the air, its not touching the hot pan, and isn't getting cooked! I leave the mushrooms on the pan all the time, just moving them around a tiny bit to keep them from burning in place.
Man, I love cooking about as much as I love riding. In fact, I love cooking and eating before, and after riding.
the pie heaven bit is possibly the funniest piece of philosophy i've ever read. pascal, eat your heart out
No longer in Wimbledon...
I nominiate this for "Weirdest Bikeforums Subject of the Week"
I think that award would go to the thread about cars!
This is more like the Tastiest Subject of the Week.
Last edited by weed eater; 07-29-05 at 01:08 PM.