Thanks to the readers and bloggers who participated in our contest, we have gathered chanterelle mushroom recipes, morel mushroom recipes, and other wild mushroom recipes for everyone to try at home. Both vegetarian mushroom recipes and mushroom recipes with meat or seafood were well represented.
We selected two winners:
Mushroom, Ramp and Spinach Tart, submitted by Stephanie from Adventures in Shaw, came out on top in the vegetarian recipe category.
Morels with Scallops and Asparagus, submitted by Albert Casciero, peaked the carnivore list.
The winning recipes are reprinted below.
Mushroom, Ramp and Spinach Tart
Submitted by Stephanie
1 bunch wild ramps
1 package portobello mushrooms
2 cloves garlic
3 cups spinach
1/4 cup fig infused vinegar
1/4 cup port
Salt and pepper to taste
2-4 cups Gruyere cheese, grated (depends on your level of cheese love)
9 sheets phyllo dough (take them out of the refrigerator to thaw)
Olive oil to brush phyllo sheets
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
Chop off the ends of the ramps and dice the remaining stalk, including the leaves. Turn to the mushrooms, chop them up and set aside. Place a little olive oil in a saucepan on medium heat and sauté the ramps, mushrooms and garlic for about five minutes or until the ramps have wilted a bit.
Throw in the spinach and continue cooking until the spinach has wilted. Lower the heat a bit and add the vinegar and the port, cooking until both liquids have reduced. Add the salt and pepper to taste and remove the mixture from the heat.
While the ramp mixture cools, turn to the phyllo dough. Place a large sheet of parchment paper on a clean surface. Carefully place one sheet on the parchment paper and with a light hand, brush it with the olive oil. Place a second sheet on top of the oiled sheet (again using a light touch) and brush it with olive oil. Repeat with the third sheet. Place a line of the cheese along one of the long ends of the phyllo dough and then spoon some of the ramp mixture on top of the cheese.
Now it’s time to roll the dough (I stopped and prepared myself before continuing… how could I let dough intimidate me?). Fold in the short ends of the dough to about a 1/2 inch (thanks for the rolling tips Kevin!) and then carefully start rolling the dough lengthwise. Place the tart seam side down on a baking sheet and continue the process for the remaining pieces of phyllo dough (this recipe makes three long tarts). Bake the tarts for 10-15 minutes, or until the sheets are golden brown. Allow to cool and then cut each tart into 3 or 4 equal parts (it depends on how big you want each individual tart to be).
I prefer this early spring dish with fresh black morels, (Morchela angusticeps), which infuse a much intense flavor to the sauce. I am certain that your guests will be satisfied with other species of morels as well).
8 large fresh Scallops
36 fresh morels (this number depends on their size)
(Dry morels, reconstituted in water could also be used)
1 tsp of minced Shallot,
6oz heavy cream
4oz of unsalted butter
Salt and pepper to taste
Brush clean the morels, slice them length wise or leave whole depending on size. Clean the asparagus, peeling the lower part is desired. Dust the scallops lightly with flour.
Steam or boil the asparagus to “al dente” consistency. You may wish to sauté them slightly in butter before serving
On a sautéing pan, melt the butter, put in the shallot and sauté for about 1 min. Add the morels and toss to coat them well with butter, (depending on the freshness of the mushroom, you may want to add some more butter, now or at the end, to have sufficient sauce for the asparagus). Add the scallops and sauté about a minute on each side. (Make sure not to overcook them). Then add the cream, cover the pan and cook for about 4 minutes, turning the scallops once. Watch carefully not to overcook the scallops and if necessary add more cream and butter.
Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve on a hot plate, napping the asparagus with sauce.
Spring’s flavors at their best. Enjoy it!
If you’d like to try submitting your Morel Mushroom recipe again (or another favorite you may have), consider sending it to the folks over at Morel Fest. In preparation for The National Morel Mushroom Festival’s 50th Anniversary (in 2010) the mushroom lovers are putting together a morel cookbook for the event. For a chance at having your recipe published, please e-mail email@example.com.