A pale brown mushroom with a large bulbous stalk that weighs from an ounce up to a pound, with caps ranging in size from 1-10 inches in diameter. Porcini have a smooth meaty texture and a pungent, woodsy flavor. Fresh porcini are usually not available in the U.S., and the dried form is more readily available.
Fresh: Choose firm, large caps with pale undersides. Dried: Choose porcini that are tan to light brown and not crumbly.
Soak dried porcini in hot water for 20 minutes before using.
butter, garlic, Marsala, olive oil, parsley, sage, sherry, thyme