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May 1, 2007 12:51 PM

Any NEW ideas for using morels?

DH brought home some beautiful morels last night. Been there, done that with the cracker crumb/frying bit. We also like them with blue cheese in an omlette. Any new ideas? Thanks!

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  1. We love them sauteed in a mix of butter/olive oil, then splashed with some sherry or Madeira, a bit of cream, reduced, and served alongside a cutlet of choice.

    1. Sauteed in butter and maybe minced shallots, finished in cream, over toasted brioche, garnished with a shower of minced fresh herb of choice (I like tarragon with this). A classic prep.

      1. I had a really good risotto not too long ago with asparagus and morels. Good combination of "spring", earthiness and creaminess.

        1. Whenever in possession of a bounty of fresh wild mushrooms, I almost invariably make either a risotto or a pasta dish with fresh linguine or fettuccine, plenty of butter and cream and probably just parsley and garlic to season. Both of these dishes will showcase wonderful mushrooms without unnecessary competition from other flavours. The only other thing I might recommend would be to saute them and add to a red wine reduction to serve with an excellent steak. This would be my second choice, however, and I'd only do that if I'd already done the pasta or risotto thing.

          1. I cooked them in butter and served them on grits. Grits are an excellent medium for showcasing other things. In their original form, they were a salt and butter delivery system.

            Where are you and what do you pay for morels? I got some "on sale" at WF for $39/lb. This week they are back to $49.

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            1. re: danna

              Thanks for the great ideas, guys! Will definately try some of those.
              Danna, we are lucky to have a friend who has land here in Central IL who takes us "morelling" with him. So, yes, ours are free. :-) So far, it hasn't been a great year for morels, but they should still be around for another couple of weeks.

              1. re: Anne

                where in Central Illinois are you, Anne? I wonder whether my cousin is in a "morel" area!

                Sorry I can't come up with some innovative ideas for you. All the things I regularly do with morels have already been mentioned above.

                1. re: ChefJune

                  ChefJune, I am just north of Peoria. Where is your cousin living? There will be a "Morel Festival" this weekend in Henry, IL---at the fairgrounds. You may want to give your cousin a "heads up" about it!