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How to Sauté Fresh Morel Mushrooms

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Written by Susan Golis   

Wikipedia creative commonsThere is nothing better than sautéed fresh morel mushrooms.  When the fresh morel mushrooms are cooked correctly they make a flavorful appetizer or side dish. I like to serve morel mushrooms with beef entrees.  I stuff the center of Filet Mignon by putting the blanched morel mushrooms in a pastry bag and then cut the side of the filet and pump the mushrooms into the center.  Or you can top the fillet mignon with the sautéed morel mushrooms.

Another way to serve the sautéed mushrooms is to pair it with crusty French bread and serve with a glass of Burgundy white wine. The combination is delicious and nutritious.


Step 1

Hunt for fresh morel mushrooms in early April. Plan to hunt for them in the morning or on a cloudy day.  Look for morels in wooded areas around the base of hardwood trees. If you are not familiar with mushrooms, you should take a mushroom expert with you.

Step 2

Gathering what you need for the sautéed fresh morel mushroom recipe.

1 dozen Morel mushrooms 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1 ½ teaspoon of chopped garlic Salt and pepper to taste 2 tablespoons of fresh chopped parsley Fine bristle brush Bowl 2 tablespoon of kosher salt Sauté pan

Step 3

Before you cook your mushrooms you need to clean them.  Best way to clean is with a soft bristle brush.  I use a tooth brush because it works well.  You need to clean the mushroom thoroughly to remove dirt and bugs. A steady hand that is not too abrasive, you do not want to break the mushroom.

Step 4

When the brushing of the mushrooms is done you would then set the mushrooms in cold salt water.   Soak the morel mushrooms for five minutes. Do not leave the mushrooms in the water longer as they will become too soft.  (Soaking in salt water kills the remaining insects.)  Drain the salt water from the mushrooms and then rinse with cold water.

Step 5

Okay now you have cleaned your fresh mushrooms so it is time to start cooking.

Turn on your stove on and set it at medium high. Heat the oil in the sauté pan. Add the chopped garlic and cook for one minute before adding the whole morel mushrooms. Sauté the mushrooms until they are soft and tender.  When mushrooms are cooked add salt and pepper to taste and garnish with chopped parsley.

Tips and Warnings

Recipe serves two As an appetizer serve on toast points and top with Brie Cheese One dozen mushrooms = 48 calories, 4g protein, 7g carbohydrates, 0 fat, 0 fiber Do not overcook mushrooms. Okay to freeze fresh moral mushroom (not cooked). Put in a bag that prevents freezer burn. Pick up Wine Spectator magazine for the top Burgundy white wines

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