Sautéed in a wok, baked in a quiche or raw in a salad, the preparation of button mushrooms varies depending on the recipe. But these do not always specify: should you peel button mushrooms?
This morning, you didn’t hesitate for long when you saw these beautiful button mushrooms on the market stalls. These mushrooms grown all year round in Île-de-France always unanimous at the table, whether cooked or raw! But now, when you tackle this recipe for mushroom quiche when you get home, you are plagued by doubt: should we peel the button mushrooms before cooking them? “I never peel mushrooms if they are clean.“, “When in doubt, I always peel button mushrooms“… By questioning those around you, you heard different sounds of bells. Result of the shopping, you still don’t know if we should peel the button mushrooms and you are behind on your recipe. Fortunately, there is a simple rule to follow to know whether or not you need to peel the button mushrooms. We’ll explain!
Yes, you should only peel button mushrooms if…
If you plan to eat button mushrooms raw, whether they are whole for an aperitif or sliced in a salad: yes, you have to peel them! This will allow you to bite into mushrooms with tender flesh and with a perfectly smooth texture. To proceed, start by cutting the earthy end of the stem then make a small cut with a knife starting from the bottom of the cap and pull the skin upwards.
On the other hand, if you plan to cook them, there is no need to peel the button mushrooms! Just dust them carefully with a brush to remove the soil and cut off the tip of the stalk before cooking them. Here, the skin will even be an asset, because it will allowprevent the flesh of your mushrooms from turning into mush cooking!