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Fried Morels with Bacon-Wrapped Asparagus

All photos by Brad Smith

Ask anyone; this might be the best recipe for fried morels. 

Morel mushroom season is cranking up into high gear all across the country where morels are found. However, once you get home from the morel woods with your bags full of fungi, how do you cook them?

This common recipe for fried morels just might be the best recipe out there. The bacon-wrapped asparagus, an excellent pairing, makes this meal one you have to try.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 lb of morel mushrooms, or more if you have them
  • Several cups of flour
  • 4 to 6 eggs
  • 1 package of bacon
  • 1 bunch of asparagus
  • Olive oil
  • Brown sugar
  • Vegetable oil
  • Butter

As you can see by the list of ingredients, there isn’t a whole lot to this entire plate. To get started, slice the morels into lengths and soak them in a salt water brine for about twenty minutes. Do your best to clean them as you can. Remove from the brine and coat in eggs, then pat in flour. Finally, add them in bunches to a pan full of hot vegetable oil mixed with melted butter.

Only use enough vegetable oil to coat the bottom of the pan and halfway submerge the morels. Flip them over once the bottom side begins to brown.

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As the fried morels finish, place them in a separate dish lined with paper towels to absorb as much of the excess oil as you can.

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Right before you start preparing the fried morels, it’s important to start the second half of the recipe first. That way, both finish at the same time. In order to do that, prepare a small bowl of olive oil and an ample pour of brown sugar. Whisk the oil and brown sugar together until blended.

Separate out asparagus in groups of four to five stalks and wrap in bacon. Normally, about three strips of bacon should do the trick. Once wrapped, place them on a wire rack and spread the olive oil mixture evenly. Heat the oven to 350 degrees and cook for 35 minutes. After about 15 minutes, flip over and baste again.

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If you time this correctly, the bacon-wrapped asparagus will be done right in time with the fried morels. Both asparagus and morels are sure signs of spring and a lot of spring dishes include both. The bacon just adds an extra bit of awesomeness to the entire meal.

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Enjoy!

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