These mushrooms … chanterelles, I’ve missed since I came here. Have obviously not missed them enough to go out in the forest to look for them. They’re probably there, but they’re elusive — I’ve only found four (4 !!!) of them in my whole life. Fortunately, I’ve known many moose hunters, who have been kind enough to give me this ‘gold of the forest’.
They are delicious!!! You can just fry them in real butter with a little salt and pepper, and eat them on a piece of crisp. OR, you can make cream sauce with chanterelles in it … put on an omelette or serve it with a nice slice of beef.
I’ve seen the dried version in the stores, but never tried them. So … imagine my surprise when I laid eyes on the fresh version in Costo of all places! $10 for approximately one litre and they came from California.
We went for it, today we bought two, large slices of sirloin beef steak and I cooked a chantarelle sauce with it. They were much larger than any chanterelle I’ve ever seen in Sweden and did perhaps not have as aromatic taste but still … they were really, really delicious! It was a first for Gerry, but he liked them too.