Recipe by SWENSONL
"These prized mushrooms are only around for a short time in the spring and go for top dollar if you can't find your own in the forest, or along the river."
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oil for frying
1 (4 ounce) packet
saltine crackers, finely crushed
salt and black pepper to taste
I too was raised on Morels here in Iowa. I am 69 and have honed my methods. I agree, you need to soak in brine just long enough to kill all of the bugs that also love Morels. I quit using cracker crumbs years ago and now use Bisquick. My yearly gorge of all the morels my son-in-law can provide is also fried in butter. Also, morels are delicious when sauteed with rib eyes and/or chicken breasts with a touch of garlic. DELICIOUS!
The recipe as stated has some issues. First, you must soak these mushrooms in salt water. Even after doing that I still had some critters that were holding tight. They are not like button mushrooms that soak up water, brushing won't work with these. I used the spray nozzle on faucet to really get them and sand out. Drained well. Next, like all the others you must use butter with morels. I know, it killed me to use 3-4 sticks to fry these - my heart was cringing! Thank the Lord they only grow in the spring and we enjoy them only once. I use saltines for fish frying, but I had Bisquick (which I don't normally use) so I thought I'd try that. I found after trying both methods (first dipping in milk/egg and then mix and then combining all together like a batter) I liked how they turned out with the batter instead. Then the mix doesn't clump on the morels and is more evenly coated. Add the seasoning along with a little garlic salt to the baking mix.
I like to cook my morels this way but in butter instead of oil. It gives the mushrooms much more flavor.
Interesting. Now, I was always led to believe that cooking morels in anything but butter is a bit sacrilegious. However, I was curious. I fried a few in oil and after trying them, fried the rest in butter. I won't try frying them in oil again. Butter + Morels = Heaven. I also made some morels the usual way I prepare them for my fiance (egg and flour), but he admitted that this breading was pretty tasty. So, 4 stars because the breading was tasty. Bottom line: replace the oil with butter! Thanks :)
As a child i was raised on morels and an addiction to thier special unique flavor was created that I can never get away from. my parents and i would literally collect large grocery bags of them and she would fry them in BUTTER with a crispy thin batter. oooh my gosh, i can still taste the flavor of them and never knew the expensive addiction she was creating. i have often bought $60 or $70 worth of morels just to make a dinner of them (yes i know sick but true. lol). anyway, such sweet memories were relived as i tasted this excellent recipe but i do agree with the above reviewer, frying them in butter is a NECESSITY.
Definitely soak in salt water and Definitely fry in butter.
This was my recipe, I like the butter idea too. Thanks
Good recipe but butter a must! I use pancake batter to coat, adds to the great morel flavor. No egg mixture. My husband likes them cooked longer, almost crispy like chips. I like them fried golden and meaty, seem to have more flavor when not overcooked. Still the greatest side dish and snack!
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Fried Morel Mushrooms
Serving Size: 1/4 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 4
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 90
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