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How To Prepare Fresh Mushrooms

Yield 4 servings


  • 1 pound fresh mushrooms
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • Salt and pepper to taste

How to Make It

  1. To Clean: There is every reason for washing mushrooms, and only one reason for not doing so: the gills absorb water. You may clean them with a damp cloth or a mushroom brush. Or take the route of many professional cooks and wash them in a large pan of cool water into which you have swished a handful of flour. With a rapid hand-washing movement, rub mushrooms lightly against one another, immediately place them in a cloth towel, and dry them quickly. Trim base of stems. Mushrooms may be prepared whole using the caps and chopping the stems, or they may be thinly sliced.

  2. To Sauté: Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat; add mushrooms and cook, uncovered, 8 minutes or until tender, stirring frequently. (If mushrooms are sliced, cook 4 minutes or until tender.) Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately.

  3. Other Cooking Methods: Broil; deep-fry; stuff and bake.

  4. Serving Suggestions: Sautéed mushrooms may be served with Drawn Butter, French Dressing, Lemon-Butter Sauce, or Oil and Lemon Sauce.

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