The portabella mushroom is the largest of the cultivated mushrooms today. It has caps that can measure up to a diameter of six inches. They are known for their meatier flavor which is probably due to the prolonged growing period. The stems of the portabella mushrooms are firmer and are usually sliced before cooking. The stems as well as the caps are both used in cooking.
When a portabella mushroom is harvested, it is usually colored tan. It is rounded and rough in texture. When the mushrooms mature, they grow flatter and the surface darkens. They texture also becomes wrinkled. But don’t worry because they are still good to buy and use for your favorite dishes.
In fact, some prefer it more mature because it is richer in flavor. If you’d like to learn more about and learn how to cook portabella mushrooms, continue reading below.
Make sure that when you buy your portabella mushrooms, store them in the refrigerator. Do not place them in plastic bags or air tight bags as they will retain too much moisture. Instead, store them in paper bags. If they are covered or packed in plastic, remove the mushrooms from there and simply wrap them up in paper towels. When you are ready to cook your mushrooms, make sure to clean them. Quickly rinse and pat dry with a damp towel. Do not use much water because it will absorb it such that when you cook them, it will get a bit watery. If you are using the stems, just trim off a bit at the bottom. Now, let’s start learning how to cook portabella mushrooms.
Portabella mushrooms can be grilled, stir-fried, broiled, roasted, or even cooked in the microwave. You can serve them as appetizers but you can also add them to your favorite meat and vegetable dishes. On the other hand, it can also be a great side dish. Let’s try grilling your mushrooms as a perfect appetizer or side dish.
- First brush the stems and the caps with oil. Make sure to use very little oil when doing so such that it will only look moistened and not all wet.
- Then, season with salt and pepper.
- Alternatively, you can use other ready-made dips or sauces such as Balsamic Vinaigrette, Barbecue Sauce, Italian Dressing or Teriyaki Sauce to season the portabella mushrooms.
- Now, grill for about 5 minutes on each side brushing with the oil, dip, or sauce once or twice as you grill.
- Serve your grilled portabella mushrooms as an appetizer or side dish!