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Sauteeing mushrooms - in the oven?

I have to brown some mushrooms. Or more accurately, MANY mushrooms. Like close to 10 lb. Is there any reason not to dump them in a single layer in a few sheet pans with some oil or butter and then pop em in the oven at, say, 450 f? A stir every now and then?

Has anyone tried this? Would I be guaranteeing myself steamed mushrooms rather than nicely browned?

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  1. No, this is how I do the mushrooms for my Thanksgiving stuffing - I cut about 2lbs into quarters and toss with olive oil and salt, and roast at 400. They come out perfectly golden and delicious, and SO much less work than doing them on the stovetop. Just be sure not to crowd your pan. I don't even stir them usually.

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    1. re: biondanonima

      You rock, biondanonima. About how long does it take you?

      1. re: cowboyardee

        Hm, maybe 20 mins? But I do three trays at a time - one with fennel, one with mushrooms and one with shallots and onions. If you had only one tray they'd probably go faster.

      1. re: jaykayen

        I'd be a little worried about scorching. How long does it take you?

        1. re: cowboyardee

          2-3 minutes, flip for another 2. Timing probably depends more on the variety and size of mushroom. It could take up to 10 minutes if you put it in the oven at 425.

      2. How about just roasting them? This would bring out the best flavor.

        1. I can save you some time and maybe allow you to saute them after all. It would still take some time and a few batches. You could put them in a container with plastic wrap over it and throw it into the microwave for 4 - 5 minutes. Pour off water and saute. The microwave speeds the whole browning process up by removing a lot of the water.

          Not sure that will really help but maybe.

          1. Thanks to all. The mushrooms were roasted at 415 until browned. Turned once during cooking. Lots of oil and salt. Several batches of three trays at a time. Came out well. Lowest maintenance I could manage. Broiling might be more effective, as some of the mushrooms were overly dry by the time they browned up nicely, but that could be just the result of me not turning them enough/letting some overcook. And then again, broiling em I might have burnt some even more outright.

            Again thanks.

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            1. re: cowboyardee

              Too late to this thread to comment, but happy to hear you oven roasted them, best way to go.

              1. re: bushwickgirl

                Sounds like a tasty technique. I might have to do this over the holidays myself :)