Mushrooms, in their infinite variety, are one of the great kitchen wonders.
From the humble button mushroom, to the Shiitake, with its earthy flavor and aroma; from the Portobello to the cremini; from the chantarelle to the porcino: every mushroom brings its own unique texture and flavor to the table. Mushrooms are edible fungi, and when cooked properly they can range from rich, thick, and meaty, to light, bright, and delicate. To understand the true variety of mushrooms, simply imagine all the ways mushrooms can come to the table. You can bring out their flavors with a little butter, garlic, and shallots in Sautéed Mushrooms.
They can partner with smoked paprika in a rich and delicious Mushroom Stroganoff. Try them as an appetizer in Stuffed Mushrooms with Pecans, or let them be the star in the quick and easy Mushroom Puffs. Or, as chef Hugh Acheson suggests, put some up with miso, crushed red pepper, and smoked paprika in Pickled Cremini Mushrooms. Don't let any moss grow on you: rush into the kitchen and get going with these great mushroom recipes.