This year I decided to finally shell the money and buy some of those morel mushrooms that everyone keeps saying are so delicious. So I went ahead and bought these great looking morels.
Next I had to decide how to cook them. I thought long and hard: should I go for fancy or for simple? How can I taste them at their best?
I ended up deciding to cook them simply to showcase their flavor at its purest. After all it was my first time having morels and I wanted to judge them on their own flavor. So I sauteed them in butter, sprinkled with parsley and served them with some homemade tagliatelle.
The verdict: morels are good, yet not my favorite mushroom. Morels are not as flavorful and meaty as some other mushrooms such as porcini, but they have a very distinct hearty flavor. I have not much experience with truffles, but I would liken morels taste more to truffles than to mushrooms. Given the subtlety of their flavor, I think you need to have relatively a lot to really taste them.
Anyway, here the recipe.