Do not wash morels. Remove any visible dirt with a brush. Store in a paper bag in the refrigerator for up to a week. Morels should not be eaten raw and must be cooked. They do well sauteed in butter with salt and pepper. You can add a wine reduction or a cream sauce if you like; morels do well with either. Another common way to cook morels is to dip them in some beaten egg, then breadcrumbs, and then deep-fry them in oil. Some people on my mushroom club email list have said they enjoy stuffing them with cheese and baking them. Morels pair well with asparagus; try them in a cream sauce over some pasta! More morel recipes can be found here. Also, try them with some fiddlehead ferns and ramps, perhaps in a risotto?
If you can't find fresh morels at your local market or upscale grocer, both fresh and dried morels can be purchased online. The three top sources for fresh morels are:
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