Fiddlehead and Morel Stir Fry
Fresh fiddleheads and morel mushrooms... a pairing that captures the essence of spring.
You can use either fresh or dried morels in this recipe, and while we like to use fresh morels when they're in season, some people actually prefer the deep, smoky flavor that dried morels impart.
Try this easy recipe with tiny whole fresh orchard morels for a beautiful dish that looks great, but tastes even better.
Rinse the fiddleheads in cold water and drain. Trim the tips of the stem if desired.
Soak the fresh morels in cold, salted water for 15 - 20 minutes. Drain and rinse the morels gently, but thoroughly under cool running water to remove any grit or forest debris.
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Blanch the fiddleheads in the boiling water for about two minutes, just long enough to allow the water to come back to a gentle boil. Drain the fiddleheads and “shock” them by plunging them into a large bowl of very cold water. This will halt the cooking process and prevent the fiddleheads from overcooking.
Peel the onion and slice it lengthwise into thin strips, 1/4-inch or less in width. Set aside.
Heat a wok or large skillet over high heat until it begins to smoke. Add the oil and swirl it around to coat the pan. Add the onion strips and cook, stirring, until they begin to soften slightly, about 1 minute. Remove the onions from the pan and set aside.
Add the morels to the pan. There should still be enough oil coating the pan to brown them. Cook them for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove them from the pan and set aside.
Wipe the pan clean and return it to medium-high heat. Add the butter. When it has completely melted and begins to brown and foam, add the blanched fiddleheads. Cook them in the butter, tossing them frequently, until they begin to brown slightly, about 2 minutes. Add the cooked morels and onions, then season with salt and pepper. Toss again and cook just until all ingredients are hot, about 1 minute.