Saturday, March 5, 2011

Mushroom Madness

Name This Food

There's a game that I like to play on my Motherhood in Mexico blog, called Name That FoodSometimes I know exactly what the mystery food is and other days, like today, I have no idea.

My suegra was just given two very large bags of today's mystery food.  We know they are hongos, but what we don't know is what kind of mushrooms they are.

This is where all of you come in.  I need your help with two things:
  1. What kind of mushrooms are they?  And are they edible?  I don't want to accidentally poison my family with toxic mushrooms.
  2. What can my suegra and I make with that many mushrooms? I know I can add them to omelets, pasta, pizza and of course Quesadillas de hongos.  But I'd like to try something new. 
Any suggestions?  



  1. I need to see the stems better, but I am thinking they are oyster mushrooms. Google search images for oyster mushrooms to make sure. And to reassure you, no poisonous mushrooms look like oyster mushrooms. They grow on trees in the forest. I picked them in northern Minnesota but I think they are common in all of North America. Now, for the disclaimer part - Any results of infirmities from using of said fungus shall not constitute liability on the part of the respondent.

  2. ive seen those around my house but i wouldnt eat them mainly because im scared lol...if my mom wont eat them...neither will i.

  3. That's exactly what they are! Oyster Mushrooms! Thank you so much, Rita! you know what I can make with them?

    Love your disclaimer! LOL! :)

  4. Lupita, thanks to my friend Rita, I was able to identify them as oyster mushrooms and the good news is that they are not toxic.

  5. They look like you could eat them to me but I wouldn't really know. The only idea I have for you is mushroom soup and mushroom burgers. I use to like to eat mushroom burgers instead of hamburgers. Its really yummy. Basically big mushrooms like this could be substituted for meat in a lot of dishes like spaghetti for example.

  6. I love mushrooms. I like to saute mine. I'm sure you will make somethng really good Leslie. Have a great rest of the weekend.

  7. Rita is right, they are oyster mushrooms or "hen of the woods" a beautiful find by the way. You can make Caldo de Pollo and add potatotes and carrots, then the mushrooms at the end, cook for a few more minutes. As you know sprinkle with cilantro, onion and serranos. Deliciouso!

  8. Cooking in MexicoMarch 7, 2011 at 7:33 PM

    When I have a lot of mushrooms, I make duxelles, a French treatment of mushrooms, parsley, onion with a bit of sherry. It freezes well, and then I have it on hand to add a big spoonful to soups, stews, omelets, pizzas. It is wonderful.


  9. Pollo ala creama con ongos is my family favorite.

  10. My favorite is eggs and mushrooms. Make sure you soak them in salt water for a couple hours to kill any live vermin. Rinse well and put on towels to dry. I set mine out in the sun until dry or they will be kind of slimy. You can chop them and put them in whatever you want. I make a Czech creamy potato soup and added chopped oyster mushrooms.

  11. I have to admit I am stumped. I have no idea what kind of mushrooms these are but I can't wait to find out what you did with them. I am a new follower from Nestworks and I can't wait to try some of your recipes.



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