If you are in need of some morel mushroom recipes, then you came to the right place.
During the spring, finding morel mushrooms is one of the American outdoorsman's greatest pastimes. It is also something that crosses boundary lines into the city lifesyle as well. All walks of life tend to enjoy taking to the woods while looking for these tasty fungi.
Finding these morel mushrooms is one thing, but knowing what to do with them when you get home is entirely another. The following slideshow of morel mushroom recipes should get you on the right track. You may want to bookmark this page because if the early reports of this year's mushroom season are right, we are going to be in for a great year.
Click through this slideshow of amazing morel mushroom recipes and let us know which ones are your favorites!
This just might be one of the most well-known morel mushroom recipes out there. Simply coat your mushrooms in a little bit of flour, dip in egg wash, and fry in a pan with a little bit of oil until crispy. When done, allow the finished mushrooms to rest on a paper towel to absorb the leftover oil.
Lemon Asparagus Morel Pasta
Sometimes you just get in the mood for pasta. If that feeling hits sometime in the spring, then give this morel pasta recipe a try.
You will need:
Fresh Morels - Cleaned and salted
1 lb angel hair spaghetti
¼ cup olive oil
3 tablespoons butter
6 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
3 medium shallots, chopped
1 bunch asparagus cut into 1-inch pieces
¾ cup vegetable stock
½ cup heavy cream
Juice of 1 lemon
Salt and black pepper, to taste
¼ cup grated parmesan cheese, plus more for serving
1. Place fresh morels and eight cups of boiling water in a bowl for about 30 minutes while they tenderize. Using a slotted spoon, transfer mushrooms to a cutting board and slice in half.
2. Pour the mushroom water into a large stockpot and remove any dirt or sediment at the bottom. Add additional water sufficient to cook pasta and bring to a boil. Season water with salt, add spaghetti and cook according to the instructions on the box.
3. Meanwhile, heat the oil and butter in a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic and shallots and cook while stirring occasionally until golden. Add the rest of the morels, asparagus, and stock and bring to a boil. Cook covered until the asparagus is tender. Add cream and cook until slightly reduced.
4. Remove from heat and add pasta, juice, zest, salt, pepper, and cheese. Toss until evenly combined. Drizzle with more olive oil if needed and sprinkle with more cheese.
Creamy Whiskey Mushroom Sauce
Yep, I'm guessing the title got your attention. To get this rolling in your house, follow these simple instructions.
Start with fresh onions and slowly fry in butter so that they soften, but not get too crispy. Once the onions are softened and browned, add the mushrooms for just a couple of minutes until they soften as well.
Now, add a nice pour of bourbon. Bring this to a slow boil to burn off the alcohol. Next, pour in some heavy cream and bring it all back to a boil so it can reduce for a bit. The secret ingredient that pulls this whole recipe together is a dash of balsamic vinaigrette right at the end.
Add this as a topper to your favorite steaks or chicken.
Morel Mushroom Pizza
When you are you in the mood for pizza, you should probably give this a shot.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Prepare packaged pizza dough as directed using the recommended pan. Arrange enough mozzarella cheese slices on top of dough in pan to cover it completely.
In a large skillet, cook fresh chopped onions in two tablespoons of olive oil over medium-low heat until onions are tender.
In the same skillet, combine sliced morel mushrooms and one more tablespoon of olive oil with a generous amount of fresh crushed garlic and diced rosemary. Cook over medium heat until mushrooms are tender. Drain any moisture that may have gathered in the pan from the mushrooms. Next, spread all of the contents in the pan over the cheese in the pan of pizza dough.
Bake in a preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes or until crust is done.
Photo via Donnie Yance
Morel Mushroom Soup
Clean morels well and place in a saucepan with just enough water to cover them and bring to a boil with a tight-fitting lid.
When the water comes to a boil, turn it down to a simmer for 10 minutes. The mushrooms will have given off their liquid and will make their own sauce to add to the water.
For every two cups of liquid, add one teaspoon each of salt and sugar and one tablespoon soy sauce. Finally, add in diced potatoes and continue cooking until they're tender.
To get this recipe started, heat three tablespoons of butter over medium-high heat. Add three cups of morels, or larger morels cut into pieces, and sauté while stirring occasionally until done.
Add 1/4 cup chopped green onions, 1/2 tablespoon dried parsley, 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, 1 teaspoon seasoning salt, and cook together until combined. Turn up the heat and add 1/2 cup white wine and bring to a boil. Reduce this down to a glaze.
Turn down heat to medium and add two cups heavy cream and 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard. Reduce slightly over slow boil until thickened.
Morels with Corn Flakes
Fried morels are just so good, there had to be another take on this classic recipe. For this recipe, batter the morels in eggs just like you would before any good fry, but coat them in crumbled corn flakes before you put them in the pan.
Be sure to coat the pan with a healthy dose of butter first though! Flip the morels just as the sides turn brown.
Morel Mushroom Ramen Noodles
College kids rejoice! Your solution to how to cook morel mushrooms is at hand. Just combine morels with your ramen and you are in business! Well, there is a little more to it than that.
You will need:
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 diced shallot
Fresh morels, quartered
6 cups water
1 packet miso soup mix
8 ounces dried ramen noodles
1 pack miso soup mix
To get this recipe started, simply soften the mushrooms and shallots with butter in a pan. Next, add in the water and remaining ingredients, except the noodles. When everything is boiling, add the noodles and cook until done.
Morels Stuff with Sausage
Maybe you want more than just a little morel on its own. In that case, stuff it with sausage!
Fry your favorite sausage in a pan and dice it into small pieces. Next, add a finely-chopped onion and cook for two to three minutes or until the onions start to run clear. Remove as much fat as possible with a spoon that may have gathered in the pan from the sausage cooking. Add salt, pepper, nutmeg, parsley, and cracker crumbs to the sausage and onions already cooking in the pan.
Finally, fill the morels with the mixture the best you can. Place the mushrooms in a buttered shallow baking dish and bake for 15 to 20 minutes in an oven at 450 degrees.
If you are looking for a little more healthy option, give this a try!
Steam your morels for 10 minutes. While they are cooking, melt the butter in a saucepan and add crushed garlic, diced tarragon, chopped chives, and salt and pepper to taste. This should start to smell very good.
After the morels are done, place them in a serving dish and pour the butter and spice mixture over top.
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