Well spring is in the air and the Morels are a calling! So two of my best-girl pals
and I packed up the Waggy and headed South in search of the perfect nutty mushroomie goodness.
Morel hunting is great fun with friends and the best natural high when you spot one in the wild. This Easter egg hunt for adults is also the perfect spring workout.
Safety First: When you are hunting for morels, be sure you are finding true morels. When in doubt throw it out. Many wild varieties of mushrooms are poisonous and can do a lot of harm.
HOW TO HUNT
1. When you are hunting start at the edges of wild forest areas. Keep a keen eye out for ash, elm, and oak trees, around which morels often grow.
When hunting in the early spring concentrate on south-facing slopes in fairly open areas.
2. Look for dead, fallen trees.
3. Slow Down. You're not hunting Sasquatch.
4. Dress to protect yourself from brambles, and ticks.
5. Have fun!
Recipes: you will find how people hunt for morels is as varied as the ways people like to enjoy them. Served with red meat, rolled in cornflakes or served in a simple sauce.
I prefer a simple pan fry with white wine and butter.
White Wine Sauté
HOW TO EAT
1. Don't crowd the pan. Let those babies breath!
2. Heat your pan over medium heat, and add 2 tablespoons of the finest butter you can find.
3. Add your morels and stir lightly. Allow the morels to sauté for 5 mins before giving them a few splashes of dry white-wine.
4. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook until the morels are cooked through (about 8-10 minutes).
5. Sprinkle slightly with sea salt and enjoy!