The hunting is about to begin in Iowa for these tasty, elusive little devils. I know they are found all over the USA and most frequently in the Central US. Are morels common in other parts of the world?
They are really rich. Eating too many will make you ill. They are typically egg-washed, cracker breaded, then fried in butter. Not sure what to compare the taste to; they are unique.
If you're in Ohio right now, ask around. They are being found there already. Morels only show for a few weeks at best. Often found in the woods near downed elms. If you are lucky enough to find them, you can turn a quick profit if you don't eat them yourself. Depending on the timing, morels can sell for $30-$60 a pound.
Heat butter in a skillet over medium heat; cook and stir onion and ham in butter until onion is translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in morel mushrooms and cook, stirring often, until the mushrooms release their liquid, about 2 minutes. Sprinkle in black pepper and remove from heat.
Fit pie crust into a 9-inch pie dish and crimp the edges with a fork. Poke the bottom and sides of the pie crust several times with the fork.
Bake crust in the preheated oven just until lightly browned, about 10 minutes.
Whisk eggs, cream, and flour in a bowl until well blended; stir in Colby-Monterey Jack cheese.
Spread ham and mushroom mixture into the pie crust and pour egg mixture over the filling.
Bake quiche in the preheated oven until crust is browned and the filling is set and lightly browned, about 45 minutes. Serve hot or cold.
Melt the butter in a large pot over medium heat. Stir in the garlic, onion, and morels; cook, stirring frequently, until the onions have softened and turned translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in chicken soup base and flour; cook for 1 to 2 minutes. Pour in water and cream; bring to a simmer, and cook 5 minutes.
Puree half of the soup in small batches, filling the blender no more than halfway full each time. Return soup puree to pot. Cook on low 10 to 15 minutes. Season with thyme and salt and pepper before serving.
We were bitching about paying $16.00 a kg for the flat mushrooms, and $11.00 a kg for button at one of the major supermarkets here in Bundy. $120 .00 for a feed of Morel mushies, I don't think so some how...
I could not find my favorite recipe. It is Morel mushrooms cooked in a thick white sauce which can be used over pasta or rice. My friend in Illinois use to bring me a basket of Morels every year so I would cook for her. We would have my white sauce over pasta, Maine crab cakes and wine. Good times and good food.