Friday, June 5

Friday Food Files With Molly Watson: Morel Mushrooms.

I love love love morel mushrooms. They are one of the many mushroom varieties that had, so far, resisted cultivation. They must be foraged in the wild. There haven't been a lot of them about this spring, but I saw some beauties at Far West Fungi last weekend and couldn't resist (even at $28 per pound - but that's cheaper than a drive to the Sierras and a day in the woods looking for my own!).

The gray weather made me crave something comforting, so I cooked up a Morel Mushroom Risotto. It was lovely. If you find yourself in possession of a great many morels, however, I recommend simply rinsing them thoroughly in cool water (rinse out that inside cavity - it can play house to a great variety of unsavory bits!), heat a heavy-bottomed pan over medium-high heat, melt some butter in it, and sauté the morels. When they release their liquid and become as tender as can be, transfer them to a plate and sprinkle with salt.

Note: Any of you have kids? I wrote a bit about my son and how he eats and why I think that may be (luck and genetics seem to be the prime factors, from what I can tell) over at The Dinner Files. I'd love to hear what you think.

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Hello Lindello said...

I LOVE morels too! I look for them in the woods all the time. You can see some pics of some my friend found on my personal blog:

We also have been doing a lot of cooking with wild fiddlehead ferns. Also a treat!

Simply Mel said...

One of my favorite morel mushroom memories is of Paris when I had the best risotto on my 30th birthday! Absolute delectable pleasure! I love them!

Rebecca said...

i loooove morels...and this recipe looks amazing. i'm off to the farmers' market, so maybe i'll give it a try tomorrow!

{lovely little things} said...

I love morels too! I just made a morel-mushroom pasta dish from Cooking Light (chicken stock and a little bit of whipping cream keeps it on the lighter side). It was tasty!

Liz said...

tried this morel mushroom recipe - HEAVEN! thanks for sharing.

Rona Chang said...

Yum! I can eat this right now.

Mikaela said...

Wow! I really want to try this recipe now. Although, I've only found one place only that sends great quality Morel Mushrooms (if you can't find them at your local store) called OliveNation which I found on Let me know if you find any other great places besides BongoBing.