Morel mushrooms are a wonderful ingredient to add oomph to your meals with their unique cone-like shape and nutty flavor. This wild mushroom is a delicacy only available in the spring but you can find dried morels all year long. They are delicious and can be prepared in a variety of ways.
So how do you cook morel mushrooms? Below you'll find some tips and tricks to help you with that endeavor. But first, a few tips on how to clean and prepare morel mushrooms for cooking.
Morel Mushrooms: how to clean and prepare them
When you bring them home you’ll want to inspect the morel mushrooms for worms and bugs. Use a vegetable brush to clean off any dirt and grime. Slicing the morel mushrooms in half will help you inspect them for bugs. Fresh morel mushrooms may be soaked in salt water for an hour to help get rid of bugs. They should then be patted dry.
To reconstitute dried morel mushrooms:
Place mushrooms in a bowl and cover with warm water. You don't want to drown them in water, simply add enough water to cover the mushrooms.
This will help them hydrate easily. The time it takes the mushrooms to soften will depend on their size and age.
How To Cook Morel Mushrooms: Tips for a good sauté
Before sautéing morel mushrooms, it’s a nice idea to slice them in half so diners can appreciate their hollow interior. Here’s are the steps to follow:
Dry off the mushrooms and coat the bottom of a pan with the oil of your choice (coconut oil is a good option). When the oil is hot, drop in the mushrooms in batches. It’s important not to overcrowd the pan so you don't end up with watery mushrooms.
Once the morel mushrooms are perfectly seared add a pat of butter to the pan and mix well. You could finish them off with chopped fresh herbs or a splash of lemon, apple cider vinegar or wine.
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