8/29/2016 – Mushrooms


Welcome to Five Course Trivia! Five days a week, we’ll post five questions about something from the culinary world, from soup to nuts and all dishes in between.

Last Friday, LL70 had its first F/D question of the season, so let’s go to the tape:

Learned League precedent (LL70, MD2) – What is the most common name for the edible mushroom pictured here?

LL70, MD2

Can you believe I’ve never done an installment on mushrooms for Five Course Trivia? Well I haven’t, and I think it might have hurt me today. No idea on a name. I think I recognize the mushrooms themselves (they kind of look like the edible teacups Willy Wonka eats in the good movie), but I would have no idea on a name. I guessed shiitake knowing that was a mushroom, even though I was sure they look more like “traditional” mushrooms. They do.

As we prepare for more food questions, I’ll be the fun guy as I ask about edible mushrooms. Enjoy!

1. Seen in Japanese and Chinese cuisine, name the mushroom seen here, which goes by a five-letter name.

Question 1

2. Also called “hunter’s sauce”, what French sauce seen on this entree is made with an espagnole sauce base, and includes mushrooms and shallots?

Question 2

3. Possibly coming from the Italian for “meadow mushroom”, name the mushroom type seen here.

Question 3

4. What name, which can fill in the blank “a la ___”, describes a mixture of finely chopped mushrooms, onions, and shallots, all sautéed in butter?

Question 4

5. Name the funky looking mushroom seen here.

Question 5

6. What word best describes the character seen here?

Question 6

Tomorrow: More food trivia!


1. Enoki
2. Chausseur
3. Portobello
4. Duxelles
5. Morel
6. Mellow (like the pizza chain Mellow Mushrom)

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