I am working with souffles right now, trying to find an elegant bake-ahead option. I was pretty happy the taste and texture with these, but still need to increase the elegance factor. I'll post the recipe when I'm happy with it. Promise.
Anyway, the mushrooms:
These are morels. This is morel season and you may see them in specialty markets (Whole Foods will probably carry them too). They are pricey (mine were $25 a pound), but you don't need much to make an impact - I got about $5 worth and that was plenty (mixed with other mushrooms) to make an impact. Their flavor is deep and woodsy and not very mushroom-like. Quite nice. I cut the small ones in half and the large ones into quarters.
And these are the hedgehogs. Aren't they cute? They have little spines growing off the caps. The spines are soft and taste just like the rest of the mushroom. And how do they taste? Really nice, the flavor was a little sweet and very rich in mushroom flavor. I do think that the flavor of the morels was stronger, so if I try them again, I'll probably saute them with a milder mushroom like cremini (or even plain white button) mushrooms.
The cooking method for the mushrooms was easy:
- Brush off any grit or dirt
- Cut them into relatively uniform pieces (shoot for the largest size possible)
- Heat a combination of butter and olive oil in a skillet or saute pan
- When hot, add mushrooms (morels first), sprinkle with salt and saute until tender - this should take about 5 minutes or so
- Gild the lily if you wish by adding a splash of cream
- Toss in a little finely chopped parsley
- Check for salt and pepper and serve