What Are Portobello Mushrooms And Why Should You Have Them
- Yash Lakhan
Updated : July 15, 2022 17:07 IST
Portobellos, like white mushrooms, are one of the most widely cultivated mushroom varieties in the world.
Portobellos (also spelled "portabellos") are fungi that belong to the subkingdom Dikarya, or "higher fungi" family. Portobellos are the mature version of the cremini and baby bella mushrooms, with large mushroom caps ranging in size from four to six inches across.
Portobellos, like white mushrooms, are one of the most widely cultivated mushroom varieties in the world. The large, dark brown mushroom is native to North American and European grasslands. The mushrooms are frequently used in Italian and California-style cooking, and they can be used in place of some meat.
Choose portobello mushrooms with firm caps and taut gills at the grocery store that haven't become slimy around the edges. A little mushroom breakage is acceptable, but avoid caps with large chunks missing or that fall apart when touched.
How To Clean Portobello Mushrooms?
To remove dirt fragments, thoroughly clean portobello mushrooms before eating or cooking. Remove the stems first, then gently rub any dirt off the caps with a paper towel or clean kitchen towel. Because mushrooms release moisture when heated, the less water you apply to them, the better. The "gills," the lined underside of the cap, can also be removed to reduce excess liquid when cooking, but they are edible.
Flip the mushroom stem side up and separate the lined underside from the rest of the cap to remove the gills. Scoop only the gills from the smooth flesh with a small spoon, clean the cap of any discarded gill remnants, and pat the mushroom dry.
Are Portobello Mushrooms Healthy?
The majority of the (very little) fat in portobello mushrooms is polyunsaturated fat, which is also found in heart-healthy foods such as nuts, seeds, and fish. Portobellos are high in B vitamins, minerals such as potassium, phosphorus, and iron, as well as antioxidants. This is a highly healthy mushroom variety which you can enjoy guilt-free.
Ways To Use Portobello Mushrooms
1. Oven: Baked portobellos are a delicious one-pan dish that takes less than an hour to prepare. Marinate the caps before baking to enhance the flavour. Oven recipes are simple to make and take less effort than other methods. Portobello mushrooms allow doing exactly that.
2. Stovetop: Portobellos are an excellent addition to a creamy pasta sauce or a rich, savoury dish like risotto when sautéed in butter or olive oil until lightly caramelised. These are some of the most delectable recipes you can make for dinner during a party or weekend.
3. Grill: Portobellos are one of the most versatile ingredients and they can be used on a grill too. Portobellos have a firm texture that helps them hold up when grilled while also being supple enough to absorb the flavour of a marinade.