8 Delicious Springtime Morel Mushroom Recipes

Put those foraged morel mushrooms to good use this spring and try out one of these unique and tasty recipes

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Morel mushrooms are truly one of nature’s gifts. Oftentimes, people who despise store-bought mushrooms will have an affinity for morel mushrooms. The morel texture is meatier and less slimy than traditional mushrooms like cremini or Portobello. Not only are they tasty, but they are very nutritious as well. Morel mushrooms are high in antioxidants, protein and fiber. So start foraging, try making some of the awesome recipes below, and freeze any leftovers so you can use them year-round.

Wild Turkey and Morel Mushroom Burger Recipe

With coinciding seasons, wild turkey and morel mushrooms make a sensible pairing.

Ingredients:

  • ¾ to 1 pound ground wild turkey (breast, thigh or leg)
  • 8 ounces fresh morel mushrooms
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Splash of Worcestershire sauce
  • Splash of whiskey
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter, room temperature
  • Kosher salt and cracked pepper, to taste
  • Sliced sharp white cheddar cheese
  • 2 hamburger buns
  • 1 ripe avocado, sliced
  • Greens: baby kale or arugula

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Elk Venison Steaks with Morel Mushroom Gravy Recipe

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This mushroom gravy recipe has a rich, buttery flavor that makes a great addition to elk venison steaks.

Ingredients:

  • 4 elk venison steaks
  • Coarse salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 5 ounces of fresh morel mushrooms
  • 2 shallots, minced
  • 4 tablespoons of butter
  • 3 tablespoons of all-purpose flour
  • 1½ to 2 cups of unsalted beef stock, heated

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Morel Mushroom, Bacon, Duck Egg Salad Recipe

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This colorful and protein-rich dish mixes morel mushrooms with bacon and duck eggs.

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces of morel mushrooms
  • 1 or 2 duck eggs (or chicken)
  • 1 large shallot
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 4 to 6 ounces of thick cut bacon, chopped
  • 3 green onions, white and light green parts chopped
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 package of spring greens
  • French vinaigrette, homemade or store-bought
  • Walnut pieces

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Morel Mushroom and Caramelized Onion Pizza Recipe

[caption id="attachment_96763" align="aligncenter" width="1366"]Morel Mushroom and Caramelized Onion Pizza Recipe Morel Mushroom and Caramelized Onion Pizza Recipe baked to perfection on a homemade pizza dough crust. (Jenny Nguyen-Wheatley photo)[/caption]

Good pizza starts with a good crust, and the rest follows with fresh, quality ingredients.

Ingredients:

  • 2 (9- to 12-inch) pizza crusts, homemade or store-bought
  • 1 cup morel mushrooms, washed and sliced lengthwise
  • 1 shallot, thinly sliced
  • 2 large onions, sliced thickly
  • 5 tablespoons olive oil, plus extra
  • ¼ teaspoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme, leaves chopped
  • 2 teaspoons freshly chopped chives
  • 8 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese
  • Water for thinning out onion sauce

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Morel Mushroom Steak Sauce Recipe

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Morel mushrooms are a ball to find and these morel recipes are quite a find too.

Ingredients:

  • ½ pound fresh morel mushrooms, cleaned
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • ½ cup sweet onion
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 ½ cups half & half
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder

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Morel Mushroom Dolmades Recipe

[caption id="attachment_96776" align="aligncenter" width="1366"]morel mushroom dolmades recipe Assuming you're willing to try something different, morel mushrooms work nicely in dolmades. (Jenny Nguyen-Wheatley photo)[/caption]

Substituting wild morel mushrooms in for lamb, this Greek-inspired recipe is a great appetizer for an outdoor crowd.

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup of morel mushrooms, chopped finely
  • ½ cup of olive oil, separated
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1 large lemon, juiced and zest grated
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons of chopped fresh dill
  • 2½ cups of chicken broth, separated
  • 1 cup of long-grain white rice
  • 1 jar of grape leaves, drained and rinsed
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

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Wild Rice and Morel Mushroom Recipe

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The morel mushroom sauce is a tasty addition to the rice-crusted walleye fillets.

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup wild rice, ground
  • 1 cup brandy (substitute cognac)
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter
  • 4 walleye fillets
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup chopped morel mushrooms (you may substitute other mushrooms)
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 cups whipping cream
  • 1 shallot, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, diced

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Wild Morel Mushroom and Pasta Recipe

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In the wild edibles world, there aren't many things better than fried morel mushrooms, but if you're looking to use your morels in a main dish, give this pasta recipe a try.

Ingredients:

  • 2 shallots
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, finely minced
  • 2 cups of sliced morel mushrooms
  • 1 pound of cooked pasta
  • 4 tablespoons of butter
  • ½ cup of grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons of freshly chopped parsley

Get the Recipe: Wild Morel Mushroom and Pasta Recipe

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