Cooking morel mushrooms is simple and easy. Once you know how to do it, you can enjoy this nutritious and delicious delicacy anytime. You may gather morel mushrooms, harvest them from your garden, or buy them from the grocery store. When you already have the mushrooms, it’s time to cook and prepare them.
Here’s a guide on how you can cook morel mushrooms and enjoy them.
What You’re Going to Need to Cook Morel Mushrooms
- Morel Mushrooms (as many as you like)
- Extra virgin olive oil or any cooking oil
- Onions and garlic
- A sharp knife for chopping
- And a frying pan
Choosing the Mushrooms to Cook
An important part of ensuring that you’ll have deliciously cooked morel mushrooms is by taking the time to select the good ones. Remember to choose only edible morel mushrooms.
To do this, look for ones that are firm and small. Also, there shouldn’t be any debris, dirt, or bugs on the mushrooms. See to it that the mushrooms are also dry because if they are moist, they may have a more spongy texture.
If you prefer to gather wild morel mushrooms, you should be aware of the poisonous varieties of mushrooms that may look so similar to the one you’re going to cook. The best way that you can tell if it’s the edible morel mushroom is to cut it open. It should be hollow inside, unlike the poisonous variety.
Cleaning the Mushrooms
Once you’ve selected the morel mushrooms that you’re going to cook, you have to clean them now. It is necessary to check each mushroom for any dirt, bugs, and wormholes. Remove these to make sure what you’re going to beat are clean.
You may think that it is time-consuming and tedious, but it is necessary. You have to be extra careful too if you’ve found your morel mushrooms in the wild. But what’s excellent about morel mushrooms from the woods is that they’re much fresher compared to just buying your mushrooms at the store.
When the morel mushrooms are already clean, rinse them quickly in cold water. Do this for only a few seconds because the water can affect the mushroom’s texture.
Chopping the Mushrooms
When you already have mushrooms and have cleaned them thoroughly, you can now chop the mushrooms. To do this, cut away the hard stems. Make sure that your kitchen knife is sharp. Once you’ve chopped away the stalks of the morel mushrooms, you may now cut the mushrooms in quarters or halves, depending on what you like. Do check if they are hollow inside because that’s the right edible mushroom you’re looking for.
Cooking Morel Mushrooms
Get your frying pan and heat it along with the cooking oil. When the oil is already hot, add the morel mushrooms and stir them. Make sure that the cooking oil coats the mushrooms. You may now reduce the heat to medium or low. Allow the mushrooms to sit for a few minutes. Stir occasionally so that it won’t burn.
When you see that the morel mushrooms are already brown, you can add the onions and garlic so that it will have an amazing flavor. Allow them to simmer for a few minutes so that the onions and garlic turn brown. Lastly, add about two tablespoons of butter and then let it melt. Stir and make sure that the mushrooms are coated entirely with butter.
You may now add the mushrooms to any dish you like. Or if you like eating them as is, then enjoy it!