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What are your favorite ways to use porcinis?

ChervilGeorge Feb 19, 2013 01:06 PM

I was just gifted a fairly large amount of porcinis. I'd love some ideas of what to do with them. I have no dietary restrictions.

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    will47 Feb 21, 2013 11:26 AM

    Just a side note -- "porcini" is already plural.

    Pasta with cream sauce, cut thick and grilled (maybe on top of some polenta), risotto (as mentioned above) would all be good uses.

    Also, if it has green looking funk on the gills, don't toss it! That part is extra delicious (I've heard of it being called "vegan foie").

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    1. re: will47
      ChervilGeorge Feb 21, 2013 11:33 AM

      Thanks for the correction. I had no idea.

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      Harters Feb 21, 2013 11:04 AM


      1. ursy_ten Feb 21, 2013 04:36 AM

        Are they dried or fresh? If fresh, I suggest a mushroom pate.

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          ChervilGeorge Feb 21, 2013 08:55 AM

          They are dried. I will peruse some mushroom paté recipes. Great idea.

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          sedimental Feb 21, 2013 12:47 AM

          I just used dried porcini in mushroom barley soup as I didn't have any fresh tonight. Really light, healthy soup for it being almost Spring! Much lighter than the traditional beef barley mushroom wintery soup.

          Chicken stock, onions, mushrooms, lots of carrots and barley, spices were garlic, black pepper, lots of dill and bay leaves. It was one of those "more than the sum of its parts" soups.

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            treb Feb 20, 2013 10:42 AM


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              ellabee Feb 20, 2013 10:02 AM

              What a nice present!

              One of my favorite uses is in this lasagna: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...
              In addition to the occasions when I've made the whole thing, I've put together versions of the components separately as mushroom soup, sauce, and sausage-pepper-mushroom ragout (outstanding with polenta).

              Sauced porcinis make a delicious filling for crepes.

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              1. re: ellabee
                ChervilGeorge Feb 20, 2013 10:26 AM

                Crepes are a great idea that I hadn't thought of. Thank you. It seems most porcini recipes are pasta dishes. Nothing wrong with that, I love pasta but was interested in finding other options as well.

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