Janette Kenny

Finding manna

One thing I absolutely love to do in the spring is go mushroom hunting. While we do have several varieties, the only ones I go after are morels, or sponge, mushrooms. I found this batch yesterday.

Morel mushrooms

Here’s my recipe, handed down for generations.

Thoroughly clean mushrooms in cold water. Slice in half, and remove stems if desired. Soak in cold salt water (a tsp of salt to half gallon) for an hour. Rinse well and pat dry.

Beat an egg (one egg is enough for about 8 small to medium mushrooms). Dredge mushrooms in beaten egg, then coat with finely crushed crackers. (saltines work well)

Fry mushrooms in olive oil over medium heat until golden brown.


16 comments to “Finding manna”

  1. nathalie d.
    April 23rd, 2007 at 6:43 pm · Link

    I am always afraid of picking mushrooms… heard so many horror stories.

  2. Jan
    April 24th, 2007 at 7:26 am · Link

    That’s why I only pick the morels, Nathalie. 🙂

  3. Joye
    April 25th, 2007 at 10:22 am · Link

    Thanks for this recipe.

  4. Jan
    April 26th, 2007 at 7:48 am · Link

    Glad to share it, Joye. 🙂

  5. Loretta
    April 26th, 2007 at 1:32 pm · Link

    I have never ate deep fried mushroom. Only ate mushrooms on pizza. Will have to buy some and try this. Thanks for the recipe.

  6. Crystal Broyles
    April 27th, 2007 at 5:32 am · Link

    My family has eaten these for years. They are good. Thanks for the recipe. Never used saltines before.

  7. Jan
    April 29th, 2007 at 11:27 am · Link

    Loretta, you can buy fresh morels in season, or the dried ones and rehydrate them. But be prepared for sticker shock. The fresh ones often sell for $15 a pound.

    So right, Crystal. The saltines really give more flavor to them. BTW, I went hunting yesterday and found another pound. I had so many I decided to freeze some. They’ll taste mighty good when it’s cold and way out of season. 🙂

  8. Jane Squires
    April 29th, 2007 at 1:37 pm · Link

    I love Morel mushrooms. When we lived at a resort place, we had them all the time but no more. I miss them.

  9. Jan
    April 29th, 2007 at 8:32 pm · Link

    I can’t believe how many I’ve found this year. Really a good one. I couldn’t find one last year, and I missed them.

  10. Julia
    April 30th, 2007 at 5:31 am · Link

    Thanks for the recipe! I love mushrooms and this one sounds so yummy! I have never picked them, I buy them from a wellknown seller 🙂

  11. Jan
    April 30th, 2007 at 7:52 am · Link

    They are delicious, Julia!

  12. Zara
    April 30th, 2007 at 8:38 am · Link

    I’m allergic to mushrooms, so ya’ll eat plenty for me. They always look so good on pizza and spaghetti, but alas, it’s not meant to be for me. I hope my doctor never tells me that I’m allergic to chocolate. We’d have a problem lol.

  13. Jan
    April 30th, 2007 at 9:35 am · Link

    Oh, Zara, sorry to hear you have to avoid mushrooms. I can’t imagine being allergic to chocolate! That WOULD be horrific.

  14. Tammy G.
    April 30th, 2007 at 9:46 am · Link

    Thank-you for the recipe.

  15. RobynL
    April 30th, 2007 at 9:57 am · Link

    very interesting but we don’t have any edible mushrooms where I live.

  16. Jan
    May 1st, 2007 at 8:55 am · Link

    You’re welcome, Tammy.

    Robyn, I’ve always thought it odd that some sort of edible mushroon wasn’t available everywhere, though I know they aren’t. I’ve read that some mushrooms are high in antioxidants.

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