The Best Way to Cook Chanterelle Mushrooms

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Serves: 2-3

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This is the best way to cook chanterelle mushrooms. Well, it is my favorite anyway, your mileage may vary. 

This summer has seen a chanterelle boom around here and we have cooked them about every way possible, even drying a few for use this winter.

Chanterelles taste great, but the immense amount of moisture they contain can be troublesome when cooking.

The thing about chanterelles is the amount of moisture they pack inside their cells. When you cook them, that moisture escapes. With some traditional mushroom-cooking methods, namely batter frying or dusting in a dry flour coating and sauteing, this excess moisture causes the flavorful crust to either become a soggy mess or even to fall off completely.

And, to be honest, that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Chanterelles are packed so full of savory, woodsy, mushroom flavor and velvety unctuous mouthfeel that they don’t need a spicy or savory batter to make them excel at the table.

By cooking the moisture away from the mushrooms before adding the butter, you intensify the flavor and improve the texture.

So how do you rid the mushrooms of excess moisture while at the same time concentrating their flavor and imparting a pleasing texture to the finished dish? You pan fry them in a dry skillet for a bit before introducing butter, along with garlic if you wish, to finish the mushrooms and provide a soft velvety mouthfeel with just a bit of crunch around the edges.

Eat the chanterelles by themselves, in an omelet, or just spooned over a good steak.

Serve the pan seared mushrooms by themselves, in an omelet, or spoon them over a good steak like this strip steak from E3 Meat Co. 

Ingredients

1 pound fresh chanterelle mushrooms
cleaned and patted dry

4 tablespoons butter

1 or 2 garlic cloves
thinly sliced


Cooking Instructions

To start the cooking process, add the mushrooms to a dry nonstick skillet or well-seasoned cast iron pan over medium-high heat. Don’t worry about sticking, just let the mushrooms sit on the bottom of the pan until they start to release their moisture. As the mushrooms cook, more and more moisture will escape into the pan. Continue to cook, pushing the mushrooms around the pan with a spatula from time to time to make sure they are all exposed to heat.

Don't add the butter until all the moisture has evaporated from the pan.

After a few minutes, moisture will no longer escape from the mushrooms. Continue to cook until all of the water in the pan has evaporated and the mushrooms once again rest on a dry bottom. Add the butter to the skillet and stir the mushrooms in the pan.

Thinly sliced garlic adds a complimentary flavor to the mushrooms.

At this point, add the sliced garlic, if desired. Continue to sauté the mushrooms until they are golden brown and the edges are slightly crisp. Serve the mushrooms by themselves, in an omelet, or spooned over your favorite steak. 

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