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Re: Springtime Mushrooms anyone finding them?
« Reply #30 on: May 09, 2011, 09:01:22 PM »
Ok, who's got some recipes that feature morels?  So far I've done the French creamed morel app, a morel sauce I served over grilled lamb chops, and an omelet filling with gruyere and chives.

This one is intended for dried morels but...

Morel ravioli with Morel burre blanc

Make a batch of fresh pasta sheets (or buy them lazy!) Rehydrate about 2 cups of dried morels in as little hot water as you can, save that water. After mushrooms are softened up remove them from the stock and bring stock to a boil and reduce till it starts getting syrupy. Meanwhile chop the morels finely and saute with a little shallot and maybe some tarragon, Dried in this case to reduce moisture. Mix with shredded cheese, about 1 to 1, maybe a little more mushroom than cheese but that is a personal taste. I like a flavourful but soft and meltable Cheese. Make ravioli, or if you are a little lazy like me, make tortoloni (big tortolini the filling is good enough to eat my itself so a big hunk of it in a tortoloni works for me). Cook the pasta in a big pot of salted water and while that is happening work lots of butter into the reduced mushroom stock. It it starts to break you can add a dash of cream. Salt and pepper to taste.
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Re: Springtime Mushrooms anyone finding them?
« Reply #31 on: May 10, 2011, 10:07:17 AM »
You people are crazy.  There's no way I'd ever hunt mushrooms.  I'd probably wind up eating one of the ten billion death caps around here.   :o

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Re: Springtime Mushrooms anyone finding them?
« Reply #32 on: May 10, 2011, 12:23:35 PM »
You people are crazy.  There's no way I'd ever hunt mushrooms.

Just depends on what kind of firepower you have to take them down with!   ;D

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Re: Springtime Mushrooms anyone finding them?
« Reply #33 on: May 10, 2011, 01:38:29 PM »
And just where might a cvertai Weaze look for said morels?
But where ever you look, be aware that these guys HIDE real well.

If they don't hide, the deer get them.

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Re: Springtime Mushrooms anyone finding them?
« Reply #34 on: May 10, 2011, 07:22:22 PM »
On the subject of Morel recipes...I just had to post this delight.



by: kevin ashton
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INGREDIENTS
2 x 175g skin-on chicken breasts
300 ml chicken stock
1/2  teaspoon herbs de provence
1 large flat sliced mushroom
100 ml double cream
10 dried morel mushrooms
2 baking potatoes
1 Tbsp diced country ham
125g (5oz) baby spinach
50g (2oz)unsalted butter
1 Tbsp olive oil
 
METHOD
Preheat the oven 190c (gas mark 5) and soak the morels in cold water for 30 minutes.  Keeping the water from the morels, slice each morel in half and re-rinse them to remove any grit then dry them on paper towel.
Drain the morel water through a very fine strainer to remove any grit (if you don't have a strainer that fine then line your strainer with one sheet of paper towel).
 
Combine the chicken stock, the flat mushroom and the strained morel water, herbs de provence and gently simmer until the flat mushroom are tender then turn off the heat.
 
Use a sharp knife and trim the top and bottom of the baking potatoes, cutting each potato into a 4 cm (1 1/2 inch) thick slice.
Use a small paring knife, cut the remaining peel off the potatoes, trimming each baking potato into a disk shape (like a hockey puck).
 
Melt the butter in a heavy non-stick sautepan, then brown off the potato discs on a medium heat, turning them over occasionally.  Once brown, add 50 ml of stock to the pan, cover with a lid or aluminium foil and cook in the oven until tender, then keep warm.
 
Strain the stock to remove the herbs and sliced mushrooms, then add the cream and the morel pieces, and keep on a very low heat.
 
Brown the chicken in half the oil, season with salt and pepper then finish cooking them in the oven (approximately 12 minutes). Add the diced country ham to the pan during the last 2-3 minutes of cooking.
 
Whilst the chicken is cooking, wash the spinach, then drain well.
Flash-fry the spinach in the remaining oil for 2-3 minutes then season and drain well, pressing out the moisture.

 
TO SERVE
Divide the spinach onto the two warm dinner plates, top with a potato, then the chicken and then spoon over the sauce and ham
 
CHEFS TIP
IF you're having difficulty finding morels, try the internet. They're not cheap but for a special treat well worth it. You can use any kind of air-dried ham (Parma, Prosciutto etc) in place of country ham. If you want to see more recipes like this

http://www.wannabetvchef.blog.co.uk
 

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Re: Springtime Mushrooms anyone finding them?
« Reply #35 on: May 10, 2011, 08:18:43 PM »
Oh , that is a tater I was thinking it was a scallop! LOL!

Wonder what the chicken bone adds?
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Re: Springtime Mushrooms anyone finding them?
« Reply #36 on: May 10, 2011, 08:59:58 PM »
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Re: Springtime Mushrooms anyone finding them?
« Reply #37 on: May 10, 2011, 09:27:28 PM »
Maybe that was a wing bone from the breast? When I see chicken breast I think boneless. Maybe I watch to much Chopped!
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Re: Springtime Mushrooms anyone finding them?
« Reply #38 on: May 10, 2011, 11:01:05 PM »
You people are crazy.  There's no way I'd ever hunt mushrooms.  I'd probably wind up eating one of the ten billion death caps around here.   :o
BFE, you could Hunt them and NOT eat em, lots of fun in the chase.... ;)
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Re: Springtime Mushrooms anyone finding them?
« Reply #39 on: August 07, 2011, 02:12:02 PM »
Well it ain't spring, but isn't this the wild mushroom thread?

Went up on the hill to get some wood, and brought these home as well. 8)
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Re: Springtime Mushrooms anyone finding them?
« Reply #40 on: August 07, 2011, 03:27:59 PM »
Well it ain't spring, but isn't this the wild mushroom thread?

Went up on the hill to get some wood, and brought these home as well. 8)
Cheers.

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Edit: Pinnah are those leccinum or bolete?  Nice chanterelles btw.
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Re: Springtime Mushrooms anyone finding them?
« Reply #41 on: August 07, 2011, 08:13:06 PM »
One, maybe two day old boletes,
crisp and fresh!
About the only ones I will take.

Man were they tasty.

Cheers to the season of fungi. 8)

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Re: Springtime Mushrooms anyone finding them?
« Reply #42 on: August 07, 2011, 08:27:19 PM »
Pinnah, I gotta say those sure look like leccinum and not boletes.
There are scabers on the stalks and the one on the right looks like
the flesh is staining.  These are a common and good edible and I
like them as well.  My experience has shown that the bolete have
a more bulbous stalk and it is "netted" also the mature pores are more of a
yellowish than the creamy colored leccinum insigne.  Check the pix on
this site for more evidence.....
http://mushroomobserver.org/observer/observation_search?pattern=leccinum
http://mushroomobserver.org/23226?q=623z

Edit: Lets be careful out there!
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Re: Springtime Mushrooms anyone finding them?
« Reply #43 on: August 07, 2011, 09:17:39 PM »
Good grief Vertical1, you are correct!
They did stain dark.

Glad I am here to type still, and thanks for the lesson.
I guess I should stick with the chantys...or hang with someone who knows.


Cheers to learning and living. ;D
They were tasty though... ::)

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Re: Springtime Mushrooms anyone finding them?
« Reply #44 on: August 07, 2011, 09:24:57 PM »
Naw, those are a good edible like I said....not quite as good
as a bolete, but decent.  Kind of eye opening ain't it....
I remember the time I ate gyromitra....ewwwwwww....
then after the fact, I learned that the toxins are cumulative
and when you get to that magic level...you are...sick...
Lessons learned....or not....

But man those chanterelles are PRIMO. I think they are
my all time favorite even beyond morchella I love the apricot notes.

Edit: Even some one who "knows" can miss identify mushrooms
not un-common for asians to mistake death caps for the paddy straw mushroom
and wind up with pennys over their eyelids. And the dang Deadly Gallerina is a
sneaky little brown mushroom.
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