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Thursday, May 05, 2011

morel mushroom mousse in a puff pastry cup is the best


Morel mushroom season is here again at last and I am fortunate enough to be a contestant in the MarxFoods 3rd Annual Morel Mushroom Challenge. Without further ado here is my entry.


The recipe is easy:

Morel Mushroom Mousse

8-10 dried morel mushrooms
2 stalks of green onion
1/4 cup chopped parsley
4 oz butter
1/2 cup champagne
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 cup heavy cream

Reconstitute the dried mushrooms in the champagne. (reserve 2 mushrooms to slice and use as garnish) Saute mushrooms, onions and parsley in butter until soft. Add the champagne that mushrooms were reconstituted in and reduce until dry. Cool completely. In food processor, combine mushroom mixture, Parmesan cheese and salt until finely chopped. In a stand mixer whip the cream to stiff peaks then fold in the cooled mushroom mixture. Pipe mixture into tiny tart shells or onto crackers. Decorate with parsley leaf and discs of sauteed morel mushrooms. This mousse is equally good pipped onto some hot pasta for a new twist on the classic Alfredo.

Makes filling for one dozen 2-1/2 inch tarts, or tons of crackers or a few bowls of pasta.

Light, rich, flaky and delicious - so good with a nice cold glass of champagne but you could also enjoy these with a sparking cider or even a nice dry pale ale.

Wish me luck!

......and while my entry is morel mushroom mousse in a puff pastry cup I thought I would further entice you with the idea of having it in pasta.

Have you seen Migrating Feast?

34 comments:

♥peachkins♥ said...

love those puff pastry up..

5 Star Foodie said...

Beautiful! I like the addition of champagne in your mousse, nice.

Jeannie said...

Wow! I like the look of that...and the pasta of course! Wish I could get a taste of that wonderful looking food on my screen! Good luck in the contest:D

Mexico in my kitchen said...

Good luck in the contest!
I need to look in my backyard for those mushroom.

FOODalogue said...

Nice entry...good luck!

I'll take morel any day, any way I can get it!

Vickie said...

I need to go shroomin again . . . this looks fabulous. I'm partial to the pasta, but that's me.
Good luck!!

Keri said...

G-Wiz .. it's like you're the king of the world ...

Marjie said...

You are the king of the morels.

Christine's Pantry said...

Sounds great! Thanks for sharing!

Barbara said...

You're killing me with these morels! Have you even stuffed them in an omelet? Oh my. Had them once at the Greenbriar like that. In the most divine sauce. I asked, the chef wasn't budging. My mother used to be so good at figuring recipes out. I suck at it.
Still, Mother's way of dipping them in flour and frying them in butter is still my preferred method. Of course, that only works with fresh. :(

BestOodles - authentic easy Burmese recipes and food website said...

I love fresh and dried mushrooms and combine with puff pastry, what not to like? Although Morel Mushrooms are hard to find.

Lizzy said...

I grew up hunting morel mushrooms with my dad...SO wonderful. What a gorgeous dish you've made with my favorite shroom :)

christo AKA doggybloggy said...

♥peachkins♥ - me too

Star Foodie it made it tangy in a way

Jeannie you can but I dont know how

mexico in my kitchen you have these in your yard?

FOODalogue looks like we are on the same page

Vickie go shroomin for me

Keri you got that right

marjie ha...

Christine's Pantry you are welcome

Barbara oh I have done all kinds of things with these little crowns

BestOodles - authentic easy Burmese recipe - I wish I could send you some

Lizzy you have the memories that I wish to have...

whatscookingwithdoc said...

Love the puff pastries! I am now hungry, good luck and as I always say, if you don't win it's rigged!

pigpigscorner said...

Great looking puffs! And champagne...yum!

The Mom Chef said...

Wow, that mousse looks like something you'd see on Iron Chef. Well done with the challenge.

Joy said...

That looks wonderful. I have to remember to tell my friend about this. She is going morel harvesting this weekend.

Lori Lynn said...

Bonne chance mon ami!

Like how you sliced the morel for garnish.
LL

Magic of Spice said...

These are gorgeous!!! Good luck :)

Suitcase Sallie said...

Morels in puff pastry with champagne and cream, whip into a mousse and it is a dream, tie in green onion and parmesan too...these are a few of my favorite things! LOL, better than my attempt at channeling Julie Andrews! Lovely!

Anna C said...

Sure to get my vote..love your creation with the morel mushrooms! Although, the Italian in me is enticed by that plate of pasta.

Tiffany said...

This is an AWESOME entry! You don't need luck! But I'll wish it to you anyway! Good luck!

Jacqui' said...

oh my wow those looks so tasty! I want one like now.haha

Poppies and Sunshine said...

This looks and sounds delicious!!

Lori said...

Yum! These look delicious!

-whatrunslori.com

Jan said...

Wow they look amazing!

Nutmeg Nanny said...

You know how I love me some morels!

agrigirl said...

I love morels and I think you deserve to win!

Ciao Chow Linda said...

You are such a clever, creative guy. I would never have thought of a morel mousse, but I sure would love to taste it. It goes without saying that the pasta dish stole my heart.

Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen said...

Congratulations Christo!
Sam

danasfoodforthought said...

Congrats on your big win... can't wait to see what other tasty Morel recipes you come up with!

urban vegan said...

I loves me some 'shrooms. Looking very gourmet.

Sorry I've been MIA lately, Christo....I'm baaack.

Ellie said...

I love the idea of Champagne in here. I have never used Champagne in cooking. Thanks :)

cheerychef said...

Good luck with the contest
It looks so tasty. Unfortunately, it is hard to find morel mushrooms in my city, i will prepare this with another type of mushroom, what do you think?

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