Thursday

[cooking] Shaggy Mane Mushroom Rustic Tart

Shaggy mane mushrooms finally appeared in the upper and lower lawns:

Shaggy Mane Mushrooms


I saw some start to pop up couple days ago but it's been raining non-stop. Yesterday was 80, sunny and dry and I was able to walk around to pick some that had not gone by yet.


These are also called "inky cap" mushrooms- as they mature, the caps drip away like black ink from the bottom to the top. Here's a cluster starting to get inky color at the bottom:

Shaggy Mane Mushrooms

Here are some pretty far gone:

Shaggy Mane Mushrooms

I think you can actually make homemade ink from these and use it for calligraphy. I'd rather eat them, though.

I cut away the bottoms, wipe away any dirt with a damp paper towel (my usual method for cleaning any mushroom) and quarter them lengthwise. I found two that were starting to get a bit gray at the bottom, which I could only see once I opened them up. I tossed those. I think it would have been fine but I don't use any that have grayness. Then I sautee in butter:

Shaggy Mane Mushroom Tart

I made some pie dough and rolled out one crust. Add a layer of panko breadcrumbs to the center (to absorb any residual moisture from the mushrooms), some diced gouda cheese, sauteed mushrooms and some grated Parmesan cheese. Fold over the edges and brush the crust with milk:

Shaggy Mane Mushroom Tart

Bake at 350 for 50 min.

Shaggy Mane Mushroom Tart

So good, but anything stuffed inside a pie crust is going to be good.

Shaggy Mane Mushroom Tart

These mushrooms are everywhere. I'll check on them this weekend- maybe pick a few for an omelette. And with all the rain we're getting, I should take a spin through the woods to see if I can find some chicken of the woods- and take some foliage pictures before all the leaves are done.

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