Sauteed Mushrooms are a great addition to many dishes from a salad topping to the top of a well-cooked steak. They are popular in many other famous recipes such as Beef Bourguignon and Coq au Vin. They can be either as a topping or as a garnish for most recipes.
Sauteed mushrooms are a great addition to many dishes from a salad topping to the top of a well-cooked steak. They are popular in many other famous recipes such as Beef Bourguignon and Coq au Vin. They can be either as a topping or as a garnish for most recipes.
The mushrooms can be sauteed either whole or sliced. You can use any variety of edible mushrooms. You can use butter, cooking oil, canola, or olive oil but we prefer a mixture of olive oil and clarified butter. Cook over high heat until the mushrooms are all brown being careful not to burn them. Overcooking will cause them to lose moisture and will have a shriveled or overcooked appearance. Another way to prepare them is to add a small portion of wine for a unique flavor. Use any seasoning or flavoring agent you like as well such as wine, salt, herbs, or any combination that you prefer. You can add other ingredients if using as a topping such as onions, shallots, or garlic.
Nutrition and Benefits
All varieties of mushrooms have some protein and fiber. The real benefits come from antioxidant properties. The main benefits are derived from Selenium. This powerful agent boosts the immune system and helps anti-aging by preventing damage to cells and tissue.
Button mushrooms contain are a source for both potassium and a source for non-animal vitamin D. The use of UV lights when grown indoors helps increase the amounts of Vitamin D.
Mushrooms are also used by many cultures for their believed medicinal properties. Whichever reason you choose, mushrooms are good for your body.
Mushrooms serve two main purposes. The first is as a side dish or topping for many recipes. The second is in recipes such as Coq au Vin, Beef Bourguignon, and various French recipes like Poulets. They can be used as an addition to most soups and stews. They can also be made into a paste by sauteeing mushrooms, shallots, herbs, and onions int butter. Another use is a topping for toast or steaks or a side dish for steak and other meats. There is glutamic acid inside the cells of most mushrooms. This glutamate flavoring enhances the taste of almost every dish.
The last way to enjoy mushrooms and probably the healthiest is to slice them thinly and dip them into dressing like blue cheese or ranch. This gives you more benefits that are sometimes lost in the cooking process.
Whatever your purpose you will find mushrooms to be a great addition to any recipe.
Sauteed Mushrooms Recipe
- 1 Pound Brown or White Mushrooms
- 2 Tbs Butter
- 2 Tbs Olive Oil
- 1 Sprig Fresh Thyme
- 2 Cloves Minced Garlic
- Clean mushrooms by wiping with a paper towel. Cut int slices 1/2 -inch in thickness
- In a large pan, heat the olive oil on medium heat. Add the mushrooms to the pan and toss with the olive oil. Then, leave the mushrooms to brown on one side without stirring for 4-5 minutes.
- Add garlic and thyme. Continue cooking an additional 3-4 minutes stirring occasionally until cooked.
- Season with salt and pepper to taste, and garnish with fresh thyme before serving.