The darling of the food world, chanterelles are favored among chefs and gourmands for their delightful color and uniquely delicious taste. With a subtly balanced flavor characterized by distinct notes of apricot, black pepper, and butter, chanterelle’s rich flavor makes them an easy favorite. Just like the coveted truffle chanterelle mushrooms cannot be cultivated only foraged in the wild. This scarcity, coupled with a notoriously short season, make chanterelles some of the most sought after mushrooms on the market. Browse through our selection of canned and dried chanterelles to experience the delightful flavors of this delectable fungi year ‘round!
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With their graceful trumpet-like shape and lovely golden color, chanterelles look just as gorgeous on the plate as they taste in a recipe. However, they’re not easy to find in your generic market or grocery, leaving many unsure of the best way to prepare them.
How to Cook Chanterelle Mushrooms
There are a couple of things to keep in mind when preparing chanterelles to ensure you’re getting the most out of them. Boasting flavors reminiscent of apricots and black pepper, many of the chanterelles flavor compounds are fat-soluble, making them taste especially delicious when cooked in (you guessed it) fat, as it brings their inherent flavors to the forefront of the palette. Easy to cook, their rich taste lends itself particularly well to egg and cream-based dishes, making them the ideal choice for a decadent mushroom soup or stroganoff. Equally great in risottos or quiches, even sauteed in butter and served simply atop a thick slice of toast, the gastronomic possibilities of the chanterelle are virtually endless!
How to Rehydrate Mushrooms
Dried mushrooms are an excellent way to have the fantastic umami flavor of mushrooms on hand year-round. With a practically infinite shelf-life and a concentration of flavor not found in fresh mushrooms, dried mushrooms are not only the convenient and cost-effective route, but they’re also one of the tastiest! To rehydrate your mushrooms simply cover them with hot water for at least 20 minutes, but for best results, allow them to steep for an hour. We like to do this in a french press as the plunger keeps them conveniently submerged. Once your mushrooms are softened and plump, you’re left with a delightfully flavored mushroom broth which can be added into whatever dish you’re making, for an extra layer of flavor!