The Mushroomery: fresh morels and nettles and a recipe!

This week The Mushroomery will have fresh picked Willamette Valley morels and nettles.

Recipe of the week:

Morel and Nettle Gratin

Ingredients: (Makes 4 Servings)
½ lb of Stinging Nettles (could substitute spinach, kale, or another hearty green)
½ pint Fresh Morel Mushrooms
½ cup Breadcrumbs
1 large Shallot, finely diced
¼ cup White Wine
1 ½ pints of Heavy Cream (or dairy substitute)
2 tbsp Fresh Parsley, choppedDirections:

  1. Wearing gloves or using tongs, rinse the nettles in cold water.  Blanch them in boiling water for 90 seconds, then drain them in a colander.
  2. Run cold water over the nettles to cool them to room temperature.  Press down on them to squeeze out all the water.
  3. In a pan with some olive oil, sauté the shallot until translucent.
  4. Cut the morels in half lengthwise, and cut the large ones into disks.  Chop the nettles into bite-sized pieces.
  5. Deglaze the shallot pan with the white wine.  Simmer until the wine doesn’t smell strongly of alcohol anymore.
  6. Add the morels and the heavy cream.
  7. Bring the cream to a very low simmer (take care not to scald it) and cook until the volume of liquid has been reduced by half (takes about 30 minutes).
  8. Add the nettles, toss, and move the mixture into a baking dish.
  9. Toss the bread crumbs and parsley together, then use them to top the gratin.
  10. Broil the gratin briefly to crisp the top. Serve.
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