morel issue
June 21, 2014 10:01 AM   Subscribe

What can I do with common and grey morels?
posted by the man of twists and turns to Food & Drink (9 answers total)
Saute them with butter and eat them up =) You don't have to do much with them. They are considered like the holy grail of foraging type mushrooms.
posted by mermily at 10:11 AM on June 21, 2014

seriously delicious.

How many do you have? The classic thing is saute them in butter and shallots then add some cream to the pan at the end and reduce.

Poulet au Vin Jaune might be their highest and best use.
posted by JPD at 10:14 AM on June 21, 2014

If you only have a few: Soak them in salt water for 10-15 minutes, drain and rinse, pat dry on paper towels, slice into halves or quarters, saute in olive oil for about 5 minutes or until golden brown, add a sprinkle of kosher salt. Eat by themselves or sprinkled on top of pasta (cashew alfredo is awesome for this kind of thing).

If you have a lot: Same as above, except toss them in a bit of flour before cooking and/or mince a clove of garlic to add to the pan a minute or so before the mushrooms are done cooking. Morels are so amazing, they don't need a whole lot of treatment to come out delicious!
posted by divined by radio at 10:25 AM on June 21, 2014

There are going to be lots of delicious answers, but don't overlook the simple option of sauteing them in butter, as mentioned above. Even if you just make a couple or three. A few grains of a good salt.... Even if you just make one.
posted by Room 641-A at 10:43 AM on June 21, 2014

Don't skip the saltwater soak--morels are notoriously wormy, and you need to get rid of the worms before you eat the mushrooms. You can also kill the worms with a quick boiling water bath.
posted by yellowcandy at 1:38 PM on June 21, 2014

Perhaps try this? (I haven't made this recipe but i's on my todo list).
Otherwise if you feel up to the task I second the Poulet au Vin Jaune recommendation.
posted by anzen-dai-ichi at 1:50 PM on June 21, 2014

Not only do you want to get the worms out, you'll need to get the dirt out as well - I had some earlier this spring and I wished I'd soaked them longer.

If you have access to in-season asparagus, blanche the asparagus for 2 minutes, then sauté them in butter with the morels. Spring doesn't get any tastier.
posted by scrute at 2:02 PM on June 21, 2014

Vegan MeFite here --- I just cleaned and cut in half about $5 worth of morels, tossed them in white rice flour, fried them in Earth Balance (a veggie version of butter), and OH MY GOD SO GOOD. So yeah, do that, using real butter if you're not me.
posted by Kitteh at 2:13 PM on June 21, 2014

Soak. Fry in butter, garlic, and fresh thyme. Enjoy :)
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