Tuesday, May 5, 2009

sautéed morels

i have fond memories of morel hunting with my family when i was a little girl - taking off into the woods in all directions, eyes peeled, hoping to find the prized fungi. to this day, i still go morel hunting, and this year was fairly generous. it is quite a rush when you catch a glimpse of one hiding among the underbrush... especially when you know how yummy it will taste later!

  • 5 -6 large morels, quartered
  • 2 tablespoons vegan butter (smart balance)
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 cups baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup white cooking wine
heat butter and garlic in non-stick skillet on medium-high heat. add in morels, and saute for 5 minutes. remove the morels from heat, and combine the spinach and cooking wine in the skillet. as the spinach starts to wilt and the wine has mostly cooked off, add morels back in and continue cooking for another 1-2 minutes. when spinach is completely wilted, serve.

for those that have never been morel hunting, here is what you are looking for. this was from my last trip out... i finally remembered to bring the camera.

16 comments:

Meg said...

I have never had morels! Looks delicious!

Bianca said...

I've never tried morels...they're so expensive at Whole Foods and I don't think they grow around here. Are they typically found in cooler Northern climates? I just assumed they are cause I've never heard about them growing in the hot and humid South.

veggievixen said...

fancy! i've never actually had them.

Alyssa said...

I've never had them,so i can't comment on the taste- but they look quite scary! but i am sure they are good, or your wouldn't hunt for them!

Tami (Vegan Appetite) said...

I haven't ever had them either, but they look and sound so good!

Sal said...

ooh nice, I've never tried fresh ones, only had dried ones before.

chris said...

i joined a mushroom group specifically so i could forage for those. just wanted to point out that there is a deadly poisonous variety called "false morel" that looks almost identical, so you should go with someone who knows what to look for if you're new to mushroom foraging.

Lauren said...

I've never had morels. Interesting meal! I might have to look into getting some! :)

5 Star Foodie said...

Morels sound heavenly!

Mike K said...

I've never been mushroom hunting, or eaten morels, but it's something I want to try, especially since they can be found in Minnesota. The recipe sounds delicious, and morels look really cool...I might just have to spring for them at the store sometime.

shellyfish said...

We just love morels! They are so delicious - but pricy. I need to go hunt some down in the woods!

jessy said...

i’ve never had a morel, miss v! i wonder if i can find any? either out in the wild or at my natural food store!?! now i want to try them! hooray!

A_and_N said...

i've never heard of these! i just looked it up on wikipedia :) and the minute i found out its a shroom (i mean mushroom :D) i bookmarked the recipe. this looks delish :)

Amy Hojnacki said...

everything always looks so good on here! :) YUM!

Maya said...

Tis the season for morels!

Vegan_Noodle said...

So wish we had morels to hunt for in Texas! Those are the best mushrooms...