Grilled Morels with Arugula

Morels take on a savory, smoky and crispy edge in this simple recipe from Martini House’s chef, Todd Humphries. Meatier mushrooms, such as portobellos, will have a slightly chewier consistency. This dish makes a great finger-food hors d’oeuvre.

Wine recommendations: When serving the morels as predinner nibbles, it makes sense to serve them with sparkling wine, a dry rosé, or a rich, barrel-fermented Chardonnay.

  • * 8 ounces fresh morels
  • * 1/4 cup melted butter
  • * 2 tablespoons virgin olive oil
  • * Kosher salt to taste
  • * Fresh ground pepper to taste
  • * 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • * 8 ounces arugula leaves

Trim and discard stems from the morels. In a large bowl, toss the morels with the melted butter and the olive oil and season with salt and pepper to taste. Place the morels in a grilling basket or on metal skewers. (If using wooden skewers, remember to soak the skewers in water first, or they may burn.)

Over a hot charcoal grill or wood fire, grill the mushrooms, turning occasionally, until they are crispy, about 5 to 8 minutes. While the mushrooms are cooking, collect a few ounces of their juices by holding the grilling basket or skewers over a bowl for drippings. Combine the lemon juice with the mushroom juice. Toss the arugula in the mushroom/ lemon juice mix.

Arrange the mushrooms on a serving plate and garnish with the arugula.

Published on June 24, 2010