I just purchased a large quantity of dried mushrooms...all varieties...WHAT can I make with them?

Soup, Meat, Vegan, Dried mushrooms,

  • Posted by: sile
  • March 29, 2017


AntoniaJames April 3, 2017
I use them in just about every dish with cooked mushrooms of one kind or another, for a perceptible flavor boost. For those of you reading this who do not have a large quantity of dried mushrooms on hand, here's a tip. You can buy excellent dried mushrooms -- all kinds -- at a fraction of the local stores' prices, at https://www.purcellmountainfarms.com/ . I discovered this terrific resource in a "sources" list in one of Marcella Hazan's books. Purcell Mountain Farms sells many things other than mushrooms, but their mushrooms seem to be their best offering in terms of quality and value. ;o)
Jennifer April 2, 2017
Great ideas (and I esp. agree that the mushroom soaking liquid is magic). Dried mushrooms keep well, so you don't have to decide quickly... Once you understand how to reconstitute/use, they'll be useful at the most unexpected moments.
foofaraw March 31, 2017
Mushroom quiche https://smittenkitchen.com/2012/04/over-the-top-mushroom-quiche/
sile March 31, 2017
I would have not thought of that...I will give it a try...Thanks very much!
SMSF March 30, 2017
Whatever you decide to do with these, please save the soaking liquid! It's liquid umami. There may be some grit at the bottom of the liquid, so you can strain it or just leave the stuff at the bottom. I freeze it flat in quart-sized zipper bags, and either break off a chunk as needed or use the whole lot.

This adds an amazing flavor dimension to braises in particular, or pan sauces. Just sub out some of the stock and/or wine with mushroom soaking liquid.
foofaraw March 31, 2017
To add to SMSF wonderful suggestion, you can use themushroom soaking liquid when cooking rice (sub some of the water. I even cut rehydrated mushroom and add it to the rice before cooking for added fiber and flavor), soup, stew, stir fry, etc. Basically most of all cooking that says 'add water for x amount', save for the simplest food, and seafood/lemony-based food
sile March 31, 2017
Oh YEs, I did and the dish was a so amazing! Did not know about freezing! You are the best. Thanks for all.
irina March 30, 2017
Just had a wild mushroom pizza with porcini crema. Amazing!
Also love Mushroom Soup. Room temp.
sile March 31, 2017
Love your pizza idea. I will give it a try. So many thanks.
Stephanie B. March 30, 2017
There's a red wine risotto recipe on here that I love. Calls for porcini but I've made it with mixed mushrooms and it's always yummy.
sile March 30, 2017
Great idea. So many thanks for your help.
Exbruxelles March 30, 2017
Wild mushroom risotto is a wonderful thing: Soak the dried mushrooms in hot water and save the broth. Use this to make risotto. Parsley and cheese are all you need to add.
pierino March 30, 2017
I will second the risotto suggestion. Dried mushrooms, even mixed, will go well in a ragu type pasta sauce with game, lamb or even farm raised wild boar.
sile March 31, 2017
Many many thanks!
PieceOfLayerCake March 29, 2017
Dried mushrooms also make a really good component to dry rubs. I love to grind up dried mushrooms (especially porcini) with spices like coriander, caraway, mustard, etc. and use it for roasted meats, especially beef.

They're also a huge component in Asian cooking. Dashi is an essential base to Japanese cooking and opens a world of new dishes. A simple one that I make for a weeknight dinner all the time is oyakodon. Make loads of dashi, freeze it and use it to your hearts content.

Other than that, sauces. Rehydrate them and use them and the rehydrating liquid for a seared steak or throw them into a red sauce or a braise to bump up the umami. Short ribs, oxtails, osso buco.
Chocolate B. March 29, 2017
See Mozza's famous recipe for steak! I mostly cook vegetarian, but when I have houseguests who are meat people, they go nuts over it. It's all in the dried mushroom rub.
sile March 30, 2017
Wonderful suggestions. So many thanks.
Nancy March 29, 2017
Lovely - enjoy!
Ideas: lasagna, stuffed pastry (borek) or pasta (raviolo), soup with spring onions, sauce for fish, red wine-mushroom sauce for steak, broth for various uses (and keep the rehydrated mushrooms fro some other use)
sile March 30, 2017
Going to make a red wine mushroom sauce tonight. Many thanks for your kindness.
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