Attempting to recreate the dishes we had in France


#1

Wanting to have something like the flavors we had in France, I decided to try to buy and cook some morels. I was going to try two different dishes, but things went a tad awry.

First, I bought some morels online from a place called Morel Masters. I got two pounds. I had only every purchased morels before in France from the farmers markets. I’d never washed them, but online all the advice was to soak them. I was so grossed out by the amount of bugs that came out that I put them in a second soaking of fresh water. I suspect that I lost flavor unnecessarily with that second soaking.

post soaking

bugs - the white ones are worms

The second mistake I think I made was to soak the mushrooms too close to cooking time. They were still thoroughly wet when I cooked them.

jidori chicken from A Cut Above

The last mistake I made was not cooking down the sauce, so it was too thin. It was late and we were tired. Good flavor, though.

I used goose broth from x-mas and thyme and marjoram for the savory.

I meant to make morels last night with sweetbreads but I forgot to soak the mushrooms in time, so I am making the same chicken recipe tonight! Wish me luck!


#2

Whoa, those worms will get your attention, won’t they? We used to buy them at the farmers market when we lived in Oregon. A local chef gave me some a few years ago and I’ve bought them at WF. NO WORMS. And no washing/soaking. All I do is cut them in half and saute’ in butter with s&p. They’re one of our absolute fave treats. Poor you :frowning:


#3

Welcome to the world of the forager. I see you found the underbelly. I got took last year for some crappy ones. Deal gone bad. LOL.:rofl:


#4

@catholiver

Really? Wow! Thanks! I thought this must be the way they all come, only I never noticed the worms before.

I’ll buy from a different source next time!


#5

I don’t worry about ‘cooties’ much but those were shiver-worthy.


#6

Same here. My husband complained about all the protein we were losing! :smirk:


#7

Luck - probably too late to matter. Hope it turned out beautifully! Believe it or not Ralphs had morels last week. $50/lb but who uses a pound of morels?


#8

My WF still has them at $30/#. But they’re SO small. Bob reminded me that Costco had them a few years ago and some but not all DID have worms.


#9

I had a similar encounter with morels purchased from SM farmer’s market. Ended up chucking the whole bag, $$$$ down the drain…:sob:


#10

We were in San Francisco for several nights and I found these morels around the corner at a little meat etc. market. No bugs. $30/#