Morel Mushrooms - Get them while you can!

May 11, 2015

Delicate and elusive, morels are a gourmet prize that can be hard to find whether searching the forest or your local markets.  The Organic Butcher has sourced beautiful Morels just in time for Mother's Day weekend.  Stop by soon to pick some up or to be on the safe side call to have us reserve some for you.  Pricey but well worth it you can expect to get a handful for around $10 - $12.  

For those who may be new to cooking Morels we've included a list of recipes courtesy of Mushroom-Appreciation.com.

Salmon and Morels

Morels are excellent with fish. Their buttery flavor makes a delicious topping, and they're strong enough to not be overpowered by seafood.

If you think salmon tastes too "fishy" you can replace it with something else. Halibut and morel recipes are also delicious, as are cod, trout, or even shrimp and scallops.

Some people like to cook morel recipes containing fish with a few tablespoons of cream or mayonnaise during the last minute to make a thicker sauce. I prefer them with just the white wine reduction. It's your call!

3 cups morels, sliced lengthwise
4 large salmon fillets (portion sized, 8 oz or so)
3 tablespoons butter
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup white wine
2 tablespoons lemon juice
Salt and pepper to taste
Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook for one minute. Next add the morels and cook until they are just beginning to brown.

Pour in the wine and cook until it has almost evaporated, stirring frequently. Transfer the mushrooms to a bowl when finished.

We're going to broil the fish for quick and easy cooking. Arrange the fillets skin side down in a broiler pan and sprinkle them with the lemon juice. If you like, you can add a little butter on top of each one.

Broil, without turning, until cooked through. Check them after 6 minutes but you may need to go a little longer.

Once finished, remove the fish from the broiler and add any desired salt and pepper. Spoon the morels evenly over each fillet.

Serve to friends with wine to show them what an amazing cook you are.

Homemade Cream of Mushroom Soup

This cream of mushroom soup recipe beats the pants off of anything you'll ever have from a can. Potatoes give it the perfect texture, while retaining the great flavor of morel mushrooms.

I adapted this from one submitted by David on the Great Morel recipes page.

Morel mushroom soup recipe1 lb fresh morels, chopped
2 tablespoons butter
1 cups stock (chicken, mushroom, beef, whatever)
1 cup heavy cream
1 cup white wine
2 cups water
1 leek, chopped and using only the white part
3 potatoes
Salt and pepper to taste
Add the water to a soup pot and bring to a low boil. Once boiling, toss in the potatoes and let them cook until quite soft. This usually takes around 20 to 30 minutes.

Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the morels and leeks and cook until the morels are just beginning to brown.

Pour in the wine and cook until it has almost entirely evaporated. Then add your stock, stirring frequently. Remove from heat if the potatoes aren't done yet.

When the potatoes are tender, allow the water to cool a little before putting the mixture into a blender. Blend until smooth and then return to the pot, water included.

Add the morel and leek mixture to the potatoes and bring to a simmer. Cook for a few minutes until it's heated through.

Add the cream, salt, and pepper and stir until the soup is warmed and thickened to your liking.

Drool and serve!

Morel Pasta

Morel recipes with pasta are absolutely delicious. You can dress them up as much as you like with tomatoes, asparagus, nutmeg, or other spices. I often leave them plain to showcase the fungal flavor, and because I'm lazy. ;)

Pasta recipe for morel mushroomsYou can use any pasta you want here. I like the wide, flat egg noodles but wheat, rice, artichoke, or gluten-free pasta is fine. Just cook it according to the instructions on the package.

1/2 lb of morels
3 tablespoons butter
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 small onion, chopped (Vidalia is a great choice)
1 cup shredded cheese (use your favorite, I like cheddar)
8 oz egg noodles
Boil water and cook pasta to your desired tenderness. I prefer mine al dente.

As the pasta is cooking, melt the butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic, onion, and morels. Cook until the mushrooms have given off most of their liquid and are slightly browned. The pan will be crowded so stir frequently. If the mushroom/onion mixture finishes before the pasta does, turn the heat down to low.

Don't forget to check on the pasta while the mushrooms are cooking! When finished, drain it and put it in the skillet with the other ingredients, mixing them all together.

Cover everything with the shredded cheese and cook until it has melted. Some think that covers the taste of the mushrooms in morel recipes. I think it's just fine here!

Easy Chicken and Morels

Morel recipes with chicken breasts. The mild taste of chicken compliments rather than overpowers, allowing the earthy taste of the mushroom to shine.

There are so many different ways to prepare this dish. I've used a cream sauce here, but you can substitute the cream with white wine for a lighter meal. Feel free to add any spices; just don't let them mask the taste of those mushrooms!

3 cups morels, sliced lengthwise
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (pounded flat if you have the patience)
4 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup chicken stock
1/2 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 cup flour
3 shallots, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
Salt and pepper to taste
Preheat your oven to 300 degrees.

Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a large skillet over medium heat. As it's melting, flour the chicken breast. Don't worry about using all the flour; just make sure you have enough to dust every chicken piece.

Put the chicken in the skillet and cook, turning over, until lightly browned on both sides. This will probably take 8 to 10 minutes.

Remove the chicken from the skillet and place in a casserole pan. When the oven is ready, pop in the pan and bake until the chicken is heated through.

As the chicken is cooking, melt the other 2 tablespoons of butter in the skillet over medium heat. Add the morels, shallots, and garlic. Cook for 3 minutes, stirring frequently.

Pour in the chicken stock and cook until it reduces by half.

Add the cream, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Cook until the liquids have reduced to a sauce of the desired consistency.

Keep checking on the chicken as the morels are cooking. When both are done, remove from heat and spoon the sauce over the chicken.

Delicious!

Crab Stuffed Morels

The shape and hollow center of morels make them perfect for many different stuffed mushroom recipes. From seafood to other meats to nuts and cheese, the only limit is your imagination.

I'm easily turned off by mayonnaise, so there is very little in this recipe. Feel free to add more mayonnaise, oils, and cream if that's what you like.

12 medium to large morels, sliced in half lengthwise
1 cup crabmeat
2 tablespoons butter
1 egg, beaten
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons light mayonnaise
2 tablespoons dry breadcrumbs
Salt and pepper to taste
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.

In a large bowl combine the crabmeat, mayonnaise, beaten egg, garlic, breadcrumbs, salt and pepper. Mix the ingredients well.

Spray the bottom of a baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Melt the butter in a skillet and spread it on the bottom on the baking dish. Place the morels on the bottom of the dish with the hollow inside facing up.

Stuff each morel with the filling. Place in the oven and cook until the mushrooms are golden brown, around 8 to 15 minutes.

Serve immediately and forget about anything else except morel recipes for dinner.

Scrambled Morel Eggs

Morel recipes with scrambled eggs are some of my simplest but most sought-after culinary pleasures. It makes for a perfect breakfast. Or dinner, if you're not in the mood to cook something complicated.

This recipe makes a lot of eggs so feel free to adjust it to your needs. You can also add extras like cheese, peppers, parsley, salt, or onion.

I usually make this with shiitake. Yet when morels are around, they're my Morel mushrooms used in recipesmushrooms of choice!

1/2 lb morels, sliced lengthwise
1/4 cup milk
3 tablespoons butter
3 green onions, chopped
1/2 dozen eggs, beaten
Melt the butter in a large skillet and add the morels and green onions. Cook until the morels have started to brown.

As the mushrooms are cooking, beat the eggs and the milk together in one bowl.

Pour the beaten egg mixture into the skillet with the mushrooms. Scramble until the eggs are cooked as desired.

Morel recipes with eggs are amazing served over toast.

Asparagus and Morels

Experienced hunters know that asparagus is a tasty combination with morels. If you're not familiar with this pairing I suggest you give it a try. You'll be surprised how delicious, yet simple, this recipe is.

Asparagus recipe for morel mushroomsMorel recipes are often served with some sort of meat or animal product. Yet this is an easy creation that lets non-meat eaters enjoy the fresh fungi as well. Replace the butter with olive oil for a truly vegetarian recipe.

1/2 lb fresh morels, sliced lengthwise
2 tablespoons butter
2 bunches asparagus, cut into 1 inch pieces
1 shallot, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
Melt the butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add the shallot pieces, garlic, morels, and asparagus. Cook until the morels are browned and the asparagus is tender, usually 8 to 10 minutes.

Too easy!

Morels Stuffed with Cheese 'n Stuff

The last of these morel recipes uses whole mushrooms. It requires a little more care and preparation, but the end result is worth it. These little bombs of flavor make the perfect appetizer.

I used Ricotta and Swiss cheese here but you can use any type you like that's not too strong. Parmesan, cheddar, or cream cheese would also be good choices. Brie may be overpowering, but I'm definitely going to try it after my next successful morel hunt.

Many whole medium morels, at least 12 to 16. Don't slice them.
1 tablespoon butter
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 lb spinach (8 oz), finely chopped as much as possible
1 cup Ricotta cheese
1 cup shredded Swiss cheese
2 tablespoons pine nuts or walnuts, chopped
4 green onions, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
Salt and pepper to taste
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.

First we'll make the stuffing. Melt the butter over medium heat in a skillet. Fry the green onions and garlic for 5 minutes, then remove from the heat and let cool.

In a large bowl, combine all cheeses, spinach, nuts, salt, pepper, garlic, green onions, and nutmeg. Mix well.

Prepare your mushrooms by cutting off any protruding stalks, leaving an opening at the base. Save those stalks for other morel recipes.

Spray a baking pan with nonstick cooking spray. Carefully stuff each morel, brush them with a little olive oil, and put them in the pan. Cook until the mushrooms are golden brown, usually 10 to 20 minutes.

Serve immediately. 

Come see us! This delicacy won't last long. Have a great weekend!




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