Earthy Delights Recipe

Morel and Truffle Gratinee

Morel and Truffle Gratinee
It's difficult to improve on the taste of morels. Many of the world's best chefs insist that they're most delicious when sautéed in butter with salt and pepper. They have a delicate, subtle flavor that can easily get lost when combined with other ingredients, but it's always nice to try something different.

2 Tbsp plus 1 tsp unsalted butter
1 pound Morel mushrooms, cleaned, trimmed, and chopped
1/4 cup minced shallots
2 tsp chopped garlic
sea salt & freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup fine dried bread crumbs
1/4 cup fresh Parmesan, grated
White truffle oil, to taste
12 large Morel mushrooms, cleaned
2 cups Hollandaise sauce (recipe follows)


Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Butter a medium sized gratin dish with the teaspoon of butter.


Combine the morels, shallots and garlic in a food processor and pulse several times to chop coarsely.

Place a large sauté pan over medium heat and melt the remaining butter. Add the processed mushroom mixture and season with salt and pepper. Sauté for two or three minutes, then remove from the heat. Stir in the bread crumbs and the parmesan. Season to taste with truffle oil. Cool completely.

Make a small slit on one side of each of the large whole morels. Stuff each mushroom with about two teaspoons of the stuffing. Press the edges of the mushrooms together to seal them. Once they're all stuffed, place the morels in the gratin dish. Pour the Hollandaise sauce over the top.


Bake in the oven until the top is golden brown, about 12 minutes. Remove from the oven and garnish with chives.


Hollandaise Sauce

2 egg yolks
Juice of one-half a lemon
6 oz clarified butter, warm
Drop of Tabasco
Sea salt & freshly ground pepper


Place the top of a double boiler over barely simmering water. Whisk the egg yolks together with the lemon juice until they turn a pale yellow and start to foam.

 Drizzle the butter into the mixture in a thin stream, whisking constantly. The sauce will emulsify.

 Season to taste with the Tabasco, salt, and pepper. Keep warm in a bowl over hot (not boiling!) water.


Makes about one cup.