Next to truffles, Morels are at the heart of every English foragers dreams. Black Morels (like the ones pictured) are very rare, and very tasty!
This tasty recipe is easy and tasty - though could be very expensive as some morels fetch almost £1 a gram.
I wouldn't recommend going out to pick these yourself with no knowledge. There is a saying - "There are old mushroom pickers and bold mushroom pickers, but there are no old bold mushroom pickers". Saying that, I'm not an expert and I'm not yet dead. Morels are the first wild mushroom I have picked and cooked myself and they are much easier to identify than most!
These particular Morels were picked from my parents front garden. Due to the amount of woodchip now being used on gardens taken from Morel rich woods, Morels are increasingly being found in urban locations. Morels are found around spring time (most mushrooms are found in the Autumn/Fall)
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Step 1: Identifying Morels
Morels look very different to most mushrooms and are therefore much easier to identify. They have a brain like outer skin and an entirely hollow stem.
Chop the Morel lengthways and check it is hollow. If it is fleshy at all inside, it is probably not a Morel and I wouldn't be eating it.
Also, have a look here! https://www.instructables.com/id/what-is-dry-land-fishmorels/
Step 2: Ingredients
The only ingredient not covered below is the spoonful of double cream which I had left over from another recipe which I threw in right at the end.
What you'll need:
Some Morel Mushrooms
1/2 a cup of cheese - I used a strong cheddar
Clove of garlic
Spagetti (or flat egg noodles)
1 tbsp butter
Salt and Pepper to taste
Step 3: Stick on the Pasta
First things first boil some water for your spagetti and get it on - it takes the longest.
Step 4: Chop the Onions, Garlic and Morel
Finely chop the onion and garlic and add to a pan. Slice the Morels however you like, I made strips a cm wide.
Throw it all into the frying pan with the tablespoon of butter and fry till the Morels have lost most of their water and the onions are transparent.
Step 5: Adding the Spagetti
Add the spagetti to the pan and stir in the Morels. Add the half cup of cheese and if you're using double cream that as well.
Stir, warm through till the cheese starts to melt and serve.