If you’re like me, you’ve been outside enjoying the nice weather. Here in Minnesota, it was a mild winter but still incredibly cold. So when the temperature finally gets above freezing, Shiloh (my german shorthaired pointer) and I are more than ready to get outside and enjoy the Great Outdoors.
One of my favorite spring pastimes is looking for nature’s candy: the elusive Morel Mushroom. Fortunately, my secret hot spot has been producing and I’ve been enjoying Morels on everything from homemade pizza to steak. I’m not ready to reveal my mushroom hot spot (I won’t even show my old man) or my family’s homemade pizza recipe, but I will share a simple, easy to prepare and delicious way to cook morels.
- Morel mushrooms
- Table Salt
- 1.5 cup flour
- 2 eggs
- Small knife
- Glass bowl
- Ziplock bag
- Small Skillet
- Wooden spatula
1.) Prepare your fresh Morels by cutting them in half from top to bottom (vertically). Your mushrooms should be hollow inside. If any of the mushrooms are not hollow and filled with fibrous material…throw ’em away. The reason? They are most likely False Morels and can make you sick or worse. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.
2.) This step depends on your personal preferences. When I prepare Morels for myself, I like to place the Morels in a colander and rinse them under cold water for a few minutes. This helps keep the earthy flavor intact and the mushrooms tend to come out less soggy. When I prepare mushrooms for family and friends, I let them soak for an hour in a colander of cold saltwater. This method tones down the earthy flavor and decreases the “gross” factor for people who are unfamiliar with eating wild mushrooms. If you are using the second method, be sure to rinse the mushrooms under cold water after soaking them to remove the excess salt.
3.) Crack your eggs into a bowl and stir until fully mixed. The eggs will be used to coat your mushrooms.
4.) Place your flour into a ziplock bag.
5.) Coat each mushroom with egg and place into the flour. Repeat this step until all of your mushrooms are coated with egg.
6.) Close the ziplock bag and shake until the mushrooms are completely coated with flour.
7.) Heat up your butter in a small skillet on low heat.
8.) Place your mushrooms in the melted butter and cook until each side is golden brown. Be sure to keep an eye on the mushrooms. They tend to cook and burn quickly.
9.) Remove the mushrooms and season to taste with salt and pepper or your spice of choice.
10.) Fill your belly.
And there you have it. Happy hunting and enjoy the Morels!