Saturday, April 7, 2007

What do you do with morels (and are they that good)

You folks ask what's the big deal with morels:  OK, I'm getting ready to tell you.

People sell them for anywhere from $25 to $50 a gallon.  Yes, they're that good.

You find the little buggers in the woods, or on the outskirts thereof.  They're only available for, at the most, three weeks every year.

Bring them to the house, cut them in half, and soak them at least overnight in salt water.  This gets rid of bugs and snails that might be living inside them.

Now there are several ways to prepare them, but all the best ways involve frying.

If I'm in a hurry, I simply roll them in flour and fry them in plenty of oil.

If I have lots of time and patience, I drain them, rinse them, get them good and wet in an egg-and-water mixture, and then roll them in a mixture of half flour, half-crushed Hi-Ho crackers.

Nothing in the world tastes anything like fried morels. 

Nor any better.
  They're nothing like the silly little "umbrella-shaped" mushrooms you are used to getting from grocery stores.



rooster1614 said...

Thanks for answering that question.  I love canned mushrooms, but I've never ate fresh mushrooms.  

deshelestraci said...

I've had 'em and they are the best!

rollinghillsides said...

They sound heavenly!  Thanks for describing... Judy

ksquester said...

I say, "Bring on the butter!"   Anne

mutualaide said...

I've' never eaten morels but I'm wishing I had them out in my woods.  Maybe I do and I just don't know what to look for.

lmitc89854 said...

What kind of oil do you use?  Just curious as I stopped frying them when My husband got sick.  Also, isn't there one mushroom that is poisonous that looks a lot like a morel?

lorinokla said...

my mouth was watering reading this post!

enjoy your morels :)

hestiahomeschool said...

oooohhhhhh, from the gods...

love ,Kas

plieck30 said...

I wouldn't know a good one from a bad one if I had any growing. I think all we have is toad stools. lol They sound really good. Paula

csandhollow said...

Ilove mushrooms but have never heard of morels before reading you.