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By Patty from Illinois
First of all make very sure you know what you are picking or have someone pick them that does know what Morel mushrooms are. Then wash and wash and wash them. There will most likely be sand or dirt in them.
Slice them in half lengthwise, blot dry and put in skillet with melted butter. Add garlic and seasonings. They will shrink quickly and start to weep liquid almost immediately. After a couple of minutes drain off most of the liquid and add the wine. Simmer until tender, won't take but around 5 minutes or so.
If you haven't tried them you are really missing a wonderful treat. This recipe could serve 3 or 4 but can easily be eaten by my husband and myself.
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By latrtatr from Loup City,NE
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What are hickory chickens? Does anybody know?
They are morel mushrooms. Look for 3 varieties throughout Appalachia: morchella esculenta, which can be found under old apple or pear trees when the oak leaves are about mouse-ear size; morchella angusticeps (fat morel), which can be found under oak, beech or maple forests, when the serviceberry is in bloom; and morchella crassipes, found on swampy ground near jewelweed.
Hickory chickens are a morel mushroom. I found this out on a site about Appalachia.
The answers are absolutely correct. I now remember being told about Hickory Chickens many years ago. An older couple from Appalachia told me about them. I had forgotten all they told me except the name. Now, I recall the lady telling me how delicious they were when battered and fried.They both agreed they tasted like chicken.
I'm in the Piedmont near Appalachia. I'm going to check with my ag agent and see if he knows whether Hickory Chickens grow near me.
from checkig around, they are actually mushrooms... what a crazy name LOL... they are sppsed to be in season now...???!!!
I really love all kinds of mushrooms, but had never heard of this one so this peaked my curiosity.
I found a great article from Field and Stream (although it is from an earlier date) that may be of interest to some (maybe even likekinds):
And in case you are curious as to the cost of this delicacy:
It is a kind of morel mushroom, we have them here some years. They come out in the spring, when it gets really warm after a rain.
There is a type of mushroom/fungus that grows on tree trunks. It looks like a tiny shelf attached to the tree. When the couple was telling me about hickory chickens, that's what came to mind. I was really surprised to see what they actually looked like.
I've cooked mushrooms just a few times. The way I like them best is sliced and quickly sauteed in a medium sherry (not sweet, not dry) along with butter and a pinch of salt. Simple, delicious.
The reason for that nick name is, they are often found growing around hickory trees and when battered and fried they are said to taste like chicken.