Morel Crostini

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Author Notes: When the morels arrive, I know that Spring has arrived as well. Although I choke when I see the price, morels are worth every penny. Here, they are simply sauteed in butter with leeks and parsley and a bit of lemon juice. You can use this delicious concoction many ways - inside an omelette, over pasta, or as a side to beef. Here, it is served on a toasted French bread. It is best shared among friends over a glass of wine. - WaverlyWaverly

Food52 Review: When we announced the mushroom contest, we were hoping someone would submit a recipe that really embraced the rich, loamy quality of morels -- rather than dousing them in cream or mixing them with other types of mushrooms. Waverly makes the most of these often exorbitant spring treasures by sauteing them in butter with lemon juice, leeks and herbs, and then topping homemade crostini with the morels and some soft goat cheese. This is simple, fresh cooking at its best. - A&MThe Editors

Serves 4-6

  • 1 fresh baguette, sliced thin
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 6 ounces fresh morels, cleaned and sliced lengthwise
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves
  • 3/4 cup leeks, sliced thin, white and pale green parts only
  • 2 tablespoons Italian flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • goat cheese, to taste
  1. MAKE THE TOAST: Preheat oven to 350. Place sliced bread on a baking sheet. Brush each piece with olive oil. Bake until bread is lightly toasted, 10-15 minutes. Arrange toast on a serving tray.
  2. SAUTE MORELS: In a large skillet, melt butter over MEDIUM HIGH heat. Add morels and saute 2-3 minutes. Add thyme and season with salt and pepper. Saute until morels are tender, about 3 minutes.
  3. ADD LEEKS, LEMON JUICE, AND PARSLEY: Add leeks to mushrooms and saute until soft, 3-4 minutes more. Stir in the lemon juice and parsley. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  4. ASSEMBLE AND SERVE: Pour mixture into a serving bowl and then place the bowl on top of the serving tray with the toast. Place goat cheese on the tray. Let everyone assemble their own crostini: smear a bit of goat cheese on toast, then top with a spoonful of morels.

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over 3 years ago momcooks

This was amazing! I served it as a run-up to Melissa Clarks' Really Easy Duck Confit and it was truly delicious (as was the duck!). I used fresh crimini mushrooms and reconstituted dried morels.


over 4 years ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

I've neglected to tell you that this is brilliant.


over 4 years ago lorigoldsby

congrats! definitely worth the "price of admission" E ticket recipe :)


over 4 years ago edamame2003

congrats and thanks for this recipe! i can't wait to try it--my farmers market told me 2 weeks til morels!


over 4 years ago Helen's All Night Diner

Awesome, congratulations!


over 4 years ago Sadassa_Ulna

Congratulations Waverly, I'm saving this one!


over 4 years ago lapadia

Congratulations on your Delicious Win!!!


over 4 years ago TasteFood

Congratulations on your win!


over 4 years ago LocalSavour

YAY Waverly! Congrats on your delicious success!


over 4 years ago wssmom

Congratulations on a wonderful recipe!


over 4 years ago Waverly

Without going Sally Field on you, I will just say that I am very excited...and honored. I sure wish I could find more morels...they have vanished from the market.


over 4 years ago healthierkitchen

Congratulations Waverly - sounds delicious!


over 4 years ago nannydeb

Congratulations Waverly!


over 4 years ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

The bright spring flavors here are lovely. Warm congratulations!


over 4 years ago gingerroot

Congratulations, Waverly!


over 4 years ago Sagegreen

Congrats, Waverly, on this win! Lovely recipe.


over 4 years ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Congrats on your win with this stupendous recipe Waverly!


over 4 years ago mrslarkin

Mrs. Larkin is a trusted source on Baking.

Well done, Waverly! Congrats!


over 4 years ago inpatskitchen

Congratulations on the win! Well deserved!


over 4 years ago Panfusine

totally well deserved win.. congratulations!!