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The Most Exquisite Gravy You Have Ever Tasted
The morel foraging season is short-lived, and many go by without ever finding one. If that’s you – stay tuned!
It’s okay if the stars have not aligned for you. The perfect morel foraging spot is just around the corner. You can feel it!
But don’t worry because if you want to enjoy a taste explosion – we can help! In the top navigation, visit Shop > Dried Mushrooms > Fire Morels (30g)
Here’s an ingredient for this morel gravy recipe.
- 30g dehydrated morel mushrooms
- 2 cups vegetable broth
- 1 small onion, finely chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon soy sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
- Salt and pepper to taste
Wild Foraged Mushrooms For The Win
There’s a reason why mushroom enthusiasts swear by wild foraged mushrooms (like morels) as staples in their cooking. They taste great – mildly nutty with a hint of creaminess.
The morel mushroom will greatly increase your ability to take old recipes to the next level. Please keep reading, as the best is yet – to come. Yes, the instructions!
How To Prepare
Detailed how-to on morel mushroom gravy.
Prepping the Morels: Begin your culinary journey by gently waking up the dehydrated morel mushrooms. Submerge them in a bowl of warm water and let them soak for about 30 minutes, enough time for them to plump up and absorb the moisture. Once rehydrated, please give them a tender chop; they can impart their woodsy magic to the gravy.
Foundation of Flavor: In a cozy saucepan, let the olive oil heat to a medium warmth. Now, introduce the onions and garlic to the pan. Stir them occasionally, fostering their transformation until they become translucent and their aromas mingle and fill the kitchen.
Roux Creation: Sprinkle the all-purpose flour over the softened onions and garlic. This is when you’ll create a roux, the thickening base for your gravy. Stir the mixture with purpose for a couple of minutes, ensuring it’s golden and cooked through but not burnt. It’s all about patience and persistence here.
Merging the Elements: Whisk the vegetable broth into the roux with a steady hand. Pour slowly to prevent lumps and create a smooth, velvety blend. Stir in the soy sauce, dried thyme, and a dash of salt and pepper, setting the stage for a symphony of flavours.
The Morel’s Spotlight: It’s time for the rehydrated morels to shine. Gently fold them into the saucepan and let the mixture simmer softly. The heat should be just enough to bubble quietly, like a forest stream, encouraging the flavours to marry and intensify over the next 10 minutes.
The Final Act: Before you serve, take a moment to taste and adjust the seasoning to your liking. Every palate is unique, and this is your creation, after all. When everything is correct, spoon the warm, hearty morel mushroom gravy over your chosen dish and watch as it becomes the highlight of your meal.
A Sauce That Won't Be Forgotten
Okay – it’s no secret that I am a massive fan of Morels. But I am even more excited for you to make this gravy. Guaranteed – you’ve never tasted anything like it. (unless you’ve had it)
The beautiful thing about using morels is that they are sure to impress your dinner guests. (or even your wedding guests). Most people won’t know what they are, but the ones who do will educate them.
Once you’ve tried this delicious concoction – you’ll wonder what your life would have been like had you discovered it sooner.
Morel Mushroom Price = Worth It
You might be wondering how you can get your hands on some of these mushrooms. (right now) And maybe you don’t care about the price tag – but perhaps you do?
How Much Do Morels Cost?
The price range for morel mushroom (dried) in Canada is between $320 – 600 (per lb.) based on my research of the top 5 brands selling this wild delicacy. Most people won’t have much need for a whole pound of morels, though, because a little goes a long way.
When morels are sold in grocery stores and at farmers markets, they are typically packaged in 28g (1 oz.) sizes and sold between $25-30 per ounce. It sounds like a lot, but if you are looking for a special treat, I’d say it’s worth it for a memorable experience.
When I say memorable experience, I mean that these mushrooms should be brought out when something unique happens in your life. A special anniversary dinner, maybe to impress your sweetie on Valentine’s Day – or at your magical wedding dinner.
Chef’s Tasting Notes
Aroma: When the spoon approaches, a rustic and robust scent wafts up, invoking images of a damp forest floor covered in a tapestry of fallen leaves. The morels carry their wild, smoky fragrance into your kitchen, enhanced by a touch of garlic and onion that invites you in for a taste.
Texture: The gravy has a lush and velvety consistency that gracefully coats the back of a spoon, promising to drape your chosen dish in its luxurious embrace. The morels add a pleasant chewiness, providing a delightful contrast to the smooth backdrop of the gravy.
Taste: As it graces the palate, the gravy unfurls deep, woodsy flavours of the morels, seamlessly interwoven with the umami notes from the soy sauce. The vegetable broth’s savoury foundation lifts the mushrooms, while the thyme weaves in a whisper of herbaceous charm, and the seasoning ties it all together with a gentle kiss of complexity.
Aftertaste: The flavours linger like the last notes of a symphony, leaving behind a trail of earthy morel and a faint herbal echo. It’s a taste that beckons for another bite, comforting yet intriguingly sophisticated.
Overall Impression: This vegan morel mushroom gravy is a true homage to the forest’s treasures. It’s a simple yet refined concoction that celebrates the distinctive taste of morels, adding a dash of woodland enchantment to any meal it accompanies.
The Perfect Food Pairings
Now let’s be clear – there are many things you can put gravy on. So, to be more precise – we’re going to discuss the perfect foods to pair with morels to enhance their flavour.
Lion’s Mane Steak
A well-cooked lion’s mane mushroom steak is the ultimate pairing for morel gravy. It’s like a match made in heaven. The two mushrooms come together in a harmony that’s hard to describe. (in words)
Mashed Potatoes De Fungi
Okay so it’s just mashed potatoes but with morel gravy on top. It’s a simple pairing, but I assure you – it works!
Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner
A strong flavour profile is what Thanksgiving dinner is all about. Morel gravy will become the showstopper at this yearly family get-together.
I Want To Make This Recipe. Where Can I Find Morel MUshrooms?
You might be reading this and wondering how you will find morels. With only a month window of the year to forage them. It could be a long wait if you plan on going this route. That might not work – especially if you plan a special dinner soon.
Luckily for you Canadians – we have you covered! Through our well-established network of mushroom foragers, we can supply a wide range of hand-picked gourmet mushrooms you won’t find anywhere else.
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An Interesting Take On growing the Morel Mushroom (from the web)
In Denmark There is A Mushroom Growing Project Called “The Morel Project”
While many are believing that morels are impossible to grow, a Danish company is betting against those odds. They are claiming to have done it – to have grown morels in a controlled environment.
I know what you’re saying and I’m as skeptical as you about this project. Mother nature would think it’s best if we just left it alone and foraged what we needed.
If you are interested in looking at The Morel Project please do so with an open mind but stay vigilant!