Do you have morel mushrooms in your neck of the woods?
Wow. These are the very best mushrooms, and if you cannot find your own around trees or water when they are in season (right about now), you’ll pay top dollar. I’ve seen them from $25 to $50 A POUND at the farmer’s market.
Can you imagine? $50 for a pound of mushrooms.
But, these mushrooms are not only delicious, they are also scarce and only around certain areas in the spring. Ryan is obsessed with them and so hopeful that he can eventually find some on our new property. They tend to show up in damp areas, along creeks and downed trees and forests. It’s all about the hunt …
Well, Ryan got his hands on some morels last week from a friend’s property who has more than he needs. So, we had to make them the most delicious way – fried.
These aren’t healthy. At all. But, sometimes you need a little splurge, and since you can only get these mushrooms for a short time, this seems like the perfect opportunity.
Fried morel mushrooms
1 pound morel mushrooms
2 sticks of butter for frying (or 1/2 cup of oil)
3/4 cup milk
2 cups flour
1 cup bread crumbs
salt and black pepper to taste
Heat the butter in a large skillet over medium heat.
Beat the eggs and milk in a shallow bowl. Add flour to a second bowl and bread crumbs in a third bowl.
Coat the mushrooms in the egg and milk mixture, then toss them in the flour and then the bread crumbs.
Carefully place the coated mushrooms in the heated oil. The mushrooms will cook quickly. Cook the mushrooms until they are golden brown on the bottom, then flip them over to brown the other side.
When the mushrooms are evenly browned, remove them from the pan and drain on a paper towel. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
I forgot to take a photo of the finished product. Ryan kind of devoured them. But, they looked a lot like fried mushrooms. 😉
Definitely try them if you can get your hands on some morels.
Have you tried morels?