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To be honest, I've never prepared these. I want to eat one at lunch today with the no-bean hummus. Do you just soak it in water to clean it up? :confused:
06-30-2005, 06:44 AM
WARNING WARNING-- DON'T GET IT WET!!
Actually they are so porous, they will get all soggy if you get them wet.
All I do is brush off the big bits, but some people feel it necessary to use a paper towel (which I don't even own) or some kind of cloth to brush them off.
But truthfully, if you get them wet, they do get soggy, so it's best to use them as is.
The black fins underneath are necessary for the flavor, and the stem is tasty too, so keep it and use it later if you want.
Crap....that is what I get for not waiting for a reply. I washed two of them.....at least I still have two others......
06-30-2005, 11:11 AM
Don't throw them out. I marinate them and put them in my dehydrater. I mix garlic, onion, olive oil, and a littel Braggs and let them soak for most of the day. Then I dehydrate them all day and eat them with avacado or on a salad with marinated cherry tomatoes that I dried with them.
06-30-2005, 12:14 PM
I don't dehyrate them at all. I marinate them by putting olive oil, Nama Shoyu, and whatever herbs I want, if any, in a lidded container with the mushrooms - either sliced or whole. Toss it around a bit, let it sit for a while, then eat them. They're great wrapped in a collard leaf with greens, sprouts, shredded carrots or whatever, also.
Next time you'll know!
I do wipe the cap off with a dampened cloth. That amount of water isn't going to hurt the flavor; it just removes the dirt. I snap off the stem, cut off the grungy bottom part and slice or dice up the remainder to use in something else.
Alissa's guacamole portabella dish is phenomenal, by the way -- the subtle flavors complement each other beyond description. Anything stronger tasting than guacamole runs a risk of overwhelming the portabella taste.
Hope you enjoyed!!
I had them in water for only about 10 minutes. I think I'll try both suggestions for using them. I still have one I didn't submerge....just finished eating the other! There was four in the container..good thing I didn't try "cleaning" them all at once! Now I know.
My hubby grills portabellas and now that I think of it, I don't recall him ever putting them under water for cleaning.
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