Thursday, June 4, 2009

Sauteed morels with white asparagus and fava beans

As soon as spring hits, I keep an eye out for fresh morels at the market. I was lucky enough to find some really nice ones a few weeks ago. I took a cue from Sunday Suppers at Lucques and combined the morels with white asparagus and fava beans to make a delicious spring vegetable dish. The original recipe uses ramps, but I couldn’t find any when I made this, so I used the fava beans instead.

There’s not much that's better than fresh morels with butter. The asparagus and fava beans complemented the morels nicely. I served this over polenta as a main course, but it would also work well as a side dish.

53 comments:

LK- Healthy Delicious said...

beautiful!!! i can never find good fresh mushrooms here. The best I've been able to find is oyster. Bah.

Donna-FFW said...

Sara- you and that book are like peas and carrots. I bet it is one of those books that has the dogeared pages, notes on the sides, and creased spine?? :)

The mushrooms and beans and asparagus look like they work beautifully together.

Christina Kim said...

Oh, is that polenta? Those veges would go lovely on a pillowy bed of polenta. Beautiful photo!

Sippity Sup said...

Whenever morel pops up in google I get pinged! Yippees for this one GREG

♥peachkins♥ said...

Morrels are not really common around here. I doubt if I can find one at the grocery or at the market but this dish looks fantastic.

Selba said...

What aan amazing dish... Love how the food picture is taken :)

Sean said...

Looks gorgeous! I love the white asparagus!

Irene said...

I am so jealous of the morels! Haven't had them since I was little and so so miss them!

Barbara Bakes said...

Such gorgeous veggies. I would love to give them a try!

Manggy said...

What an elegant entree/side! It just screams "spring!!" to this guy who doesn't get spring in his country :)

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Seasonal ingredients are wonderful! That dish looks extremely delightful!

Cheers,

Rosa

unconfidentialcook said...

I know, there's nothing like fresh morels. I used to go "morel hunting" and then make pasta with butter and cream. So good (and a lot less healthy than your beautiful vegetable dish).

Angie's Recipes said...

There's nothing like fresh morels...
Ivory white asparagus and coffee brown morels match perfectly.

LaDue & Crew said...

Looks so delicious Sara! I have got to hunt down some morels!

Helene said...

I've never seen morels around here. With the white asparagus it makes such a lovely plate.

Anushruti said...

The white asparagus looks wonderful in this dish!

Foodie with Little Thyme! said...

Beautiful!
Looks very light and yummy for summer.

Robin Sue said...

Could you come over here and take all my blog pictures? You have the touch! Love all these healthy veggies you are highlighting.

girlichef said...

gorgeous.

5 Star Foodie said...

These are such beautiful veggies! Love morels, all should go so well with polenta! Yummy!

Cathy said...

Beautiful pics Sara! I love white asparagus with anything.

Melissa @ For the Love of Health said...

Beautiful Sarah!! I bet it tastes divine!

zoe said...

Gorgeous. Great over polenta.

Culinary Wannabe said...

Nice way to play with colors and make those brown morels look pretty, instead of, well, brown. :) And I can't believe you haven't made gelato - I actually like the texture of it better than the ice cream I make at home. Happy weekending!

Elra said...

Love Fava Beans, this look so delicious. Your morels look so fresh! Wow!

finsmom said...

Ive really gotta get a hold of some fava beans - they sound delicious!

foodcreate.com said...

Beautiful! I love asparagus.. I grew up in Ill, we grew asparagus on the farm...
Love them.Great salad
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The Duo Dishes said...

Your picture is great. Polenta goes so well with veggies, right? Actually it goes well with just about everything!

gastroanthropologist said...

What a fabulous meal - love the colors of the fresh veggies and mushroom. Looks really tasty.

nora@ffr said...

sara this sound delish.. good combination. excellent photography :) keep it up!!

Jescel said...

i gotta admit, i haven't tried morels yet, having migrated to the US just a few years back. it looks delish but i'd be intimidated to cook with it being not so familiar with it.

Natashya said...

That looks so lovely! Like spring on a plate. Beautiful photos!

teresa said...

Gorgeous! This looks fantastic!

Diana said...

Yay for Lucques! I love it when you make recipes from Sunday Suppers or Ms. Silverton! :) I've actually never had morels before, but I'm sure if it they are sauteed in butter, I'd find plenty to like!

Soma said...

The best thing about our recipes Sara is the simplicity & it DOES NOT compromise the flavors & elegance. An Awesome combination. I am yet to see morels :-(

Gera @ SweetsFoods said...

In my case morels aren’t common here anyway those veggies are really a fascinating seasonal dish :)

Cheers!

Gera

Jackie @PhamFatale.com said...

Oh your dish looks so luxurious. I don't cook morel mushrooms that often, I find them quite pricey at San Francisco farmers' market.

doggybloggy said...

I am going to have to put you under citizens arrest - it is illegal what you are doing to me!

Reeni♥ said...

So fresh and delicious! Just awesome with the polenta!

pigpigscorner said...

The dish looks so appetising! Wonderful combination of ingredients and flavours.

My Carolina Kitchen said...

Gorgeous and very chic. We never get any goodies like morels or white asparagus here, although we bought white asparagus when we were in France at the outdoor markets. We thought it had a bit of a different flavor from the green but couldn't quite pin-point it. Slightly like an artichoke, maybe?

Very elegant.
Sam

Sophie said...

Georgous, very tasty looking & an amazing winning dish is my book!
This dinner must tastes superb!!
Congrats for those wonderful pictures,...MMMMMM....Morels with white asparagus,...

Claudia said...

Here it is - morel season in Minnesota and I - cannot - find - any! This dish looks so wonderful and healthy loaded with taste. You'd think Farmer's Market would have found a patch of these tasy delectables by now. Great recipe 'cause it lets the morels shine.

Mrs. LC said...

As always, gorgeous dish! Out of curiosity, what kind of camera do you have? Also - could you describe the flavor/ texture difference between green and white asparagus? My mom and I were just talking about this a couple weeks ago, as neither of us have yet to try white asparagus. Thanks!!

Maria said...

That's the perfect meal!

noble pig said...

So nice for Sprng. Just gorgeous! Love the favas in there.

Sara said...

Donna - I actually hadn't cooked anything from the book in a few months! So the book is still intact for now.

Mrs. LC - I think white asparagus is sweeter than green asparagus. It also has a noticably different texture. It's a little more crunch and fibrous, but in a good way. I use a Canon Rebel Xsi camera.

Mrs. LC said...

Thanks for getting back to me, Sara! :)

burpandslurp said...

oh my gosh...thes are absolutely luscious...and you're serving it on grits? GORGEOUS!

Bharti said...

I have very few veggies at home and am at the moment craving them. Your dish looks so pretty. I've never eaten morels before.

Lori Lynn said...

Love that cookbook!
Such beautiful veggies. Serving over polenta looks perfect!
LL

The Food Hunter said...

What a great combo of veggies.

Nutmeg Nanny said...

I love morels! My father and I always go mushroom hunting for them:) Delicious meal!!!