8 Morel Mushroom Recipes for Limited-Edition Springtime Meals

Wild Mushroom and Pancetta Tart
Photo: Andy Lyons

If you had success hunting the woods for these rare and short-seasoned mushrooms, or were lucky enough to find some for sale, let's get 'em cooking! Fresh morel mushrooms are, of course, great fried or sautéed (my go-to cooking methods), but they are also a wonderful addition to pasta and eggs or tossed with other veggies for a seasonal side dish. Which will you choose as the best morel mushroom recipe to grace your table with? Maybe keep hunting until you find enough morels to make them all.

01 of 08

Mushroom Fricassée with Fresh Herbs

Mushroom Fricassee with Fresh Herbs
Blaine Moats

This is one of the best morel mushroom recipes when you find only a few of the fungi on your hunt because it calls for 2-pounds of just about any combination of fresh mushrooms. If you collected a big morel haul, use all morels, but the different flavors and textures from an assortment of mushrooms is part of what makes this side dish so delicious.

02 of 08

Morel Frittata

Morel Frittata in metal pan
Marty Baldwin

If your fresh morel mushrooms are already cleaned and ready to cook with, this is a super-speedy breakfast recipe. Sauté the veggies in an oven-going skillet, add your eggs, and cook to your desired doneness, easy peasy.

03 of 08

Sautéed Morel Mushrooms

Sautéed Morel Mushrooms
Marty Baldwin

Growing up, I thought sautéed morel mushroom recipes were the only recipes that existed for morels. It's the only way we ate them. There was a good reason for that—just 4 ingredients and about 15 minutes of work are all that's needed to create the can't-stop-popping-'em recipe.

04 of 08

Morel Mushroom Cream Sauce with Pasta

Morel Mushroom Cream Sauce with Pasta
Marty Baldwin

Simple is often best when making a pasta dinner. This dish stands out thanks to the fresh morel mushrooms in the sauce, but the rest of the sauce is a simple simmer of butter, shallots, flour, broth, cream, and seasonings. Serve that over your pasta of choice and dinner is ready in under 40 minutes.

05 of 08

Asparagus and Morels

Asparagus and Morels in long serving dish
Marty Baldwin

This just may be spring's greatest side dish. The two primary ingredients—asparagus and morel mushrooms—are the best veggies spring has to offer (at least in my opinion). So of course they get combined with butter, seasonings, and lemon juice for an irresistible accompaniment to your spring dinner.

06 of 08

Wild Mushroom and Pancetta Tart

Wild Mushroom and Pancetta Tart
Andy Lyons

Nope, nothing tops a flaky, homemade pastry dough as this amazing brunch idea calls for, but if you're in a time crunch, you could swap in a purchased crust for similar results. Then all that's left is mixing the mushroom, pancetta, egg, and cream filling to pour over your tart crust and your special-occasion breakfast is ready for the oven.

07 of 08

Slow Cooker Wild Mushroom and Blue Cheese Bread Pudding

Slow Cooker Wild Mushroom and Blue Cheese Bread Pudding
Jason Donnelly

Of course you think of desserts when you hear bread pudding, but this savory take using fresh morel mushrooms will have you rethinking everything you know about bread puddings. The mushrooms pair with smoky sausage and tangy blue cheese for a boldly flavored meal that comes together in your slow cooker.

08 of 08

Mixed Mushroom Pizza

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This pizza recipe topped with fresh morel mushrooms is just hearty enough to be a meatless main dish, but it's also great cut into small slices and served as a party appetizer (if you're willing to share your prized morels with friends). If you don't have morels, any variety of fresh mushrooms will do wonderfully.

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