A Chestnut Mushroom is the same mushroom as White Button Mushrooms, but it is a strain that grows just a bit browner instead of white, giving it a tan-colored top. They are very much like Cremini Mushrooms and about the same size. They have better flavor and texture than the plain white mushrooms. Chestnut Mushrooms can grow into larger sizes to be sold as Portobellos. Sometimes Portobellos are also called Flat Chestnut Mushrooms for this reason. Chestnut Mushrooms are a member of the Agaricus family of mushrooms.
Mushrooms are best suited for cooked applications such as broiling, saut?ing, and grilling. They are extremely versatile and can be grilled whole to make a vegetarian burger or hollowed out and used as a pizza crust or bowl for other fillings. They can also be chopped and mixed into soups and stews, baked into pasta or rice dishes, sliced into salads, minced into a filling for a mushroom strudel, or chopped and cooked in an omelet. The caps are the part that is predominately cooked and consumed as the stem can be fibrous and woody, but the tough stem can also be used to add flavor to the stock. Mushrooms pair well with balsamic vinegar, fresh herbs such as oregano, rosemary, thyme, or cilantro, spinach, leafy greens, tomatoes, goat cheese, mozzarella, cream-based sauces, garlic, and onions.
Store Chestnut Mushrooms in the vegetable drawer of your refrigerator. Chestnut Mushrooms keep best when stored at a temperature of between 4? and 7?C.