Here is another guest blog post from Danny. As an avid outdoorsman, Danny spends many a weekend sitting up in a tree. He places trail cameras and has captured some amazing wildlife videos. When not in his cabin in the middle of nowhere, we are glad that he is cooking and telling us all about it.
Spring is here and as soon as the weather warms up, the trees start to bud, the animals awaken and the flowers are blooming. Another less known creature is stirring in the ground and as April in Ohio arrives; the Morel starts to pop up all over the state.
I haven’t been hunting for mushrooms for very long but I find it very relaxing and it is a great way to spend many hours out in nature. Gathering a group of friends and trekking through the woods is a great way to spend an afternoon. I am not a mushroom expert but the morels spongy appearance makes is easily recognizable and after trying several different recipes, I have found a few that I look forward to making once a year. Morels tend to grow near elm trees and especially fallen elm trees.
On last weekends hunt, I found several next to an old dirt road growing on the south side of the hill. It takes a trained eye to find your first morel but once you do there are often several others just waiting to be harvested. Many people take scissors to leave the root but I find that you can just pinch the base and tear the stem pretty easily. It is a good idea to carry your morels in an onion sack or something mesh-like. This allows the spores of the morel to spread so you are guaranteed a crop for the following year. We tend to leave one or two behind to ensure that they will be around for years to come.
Prep Time: 10 minutes | Cook Time: 15 minutes | Servings: 2 servings | Difficulty: easy
- 1 – 2 cups of fresh morels (cut in half, lengthwise)
- 3/4 cup mozzarella cheese
- 1/2 cup pizza sauce
- Pillsbury Pizza Crust or you can make your own
- Place one package of pizza crust on a cookie sheet or a pizza stone works great for a crispy crust. Making your own down or buying a store bought pizza crust would work just as well. Cook the pizza crust at 400 degrees for 8 minutes.
- Add the pizza sauce, spread Mozzarella cheese and add the morels.
- Cook for another 8 to 10 minutes.