Recipe: Morel Lollipops with Garlic Truffle Aioli

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Happy Monday! I’m back with yet another mushroom recipe – this time featuring dried morels.  Marx Foods is hosting its 3rd annual Morel Recipe Challenge – the task at hand? Create a delectable hors d’oeuvres featuring this mycological delight.  For this challenge, I decided to combine four of my favorite hors d’ oeuvres qualities – fried, cheesy, and on-a-stick.  Using the dried morels as well as dill pollen also from Marx Foods, I created these Morel Lollipops.  As a last minute add-on, I decided to accompany the lollipops with Garlic Truffle Aioli, using truffle sea salt also from Marx Foods. I know if I passed by a tray of these during a cocktail hour, I’d grab two (or five)!

You will need:
Morel Lollipops

8 large dried morel mushrooms
8 tbsp goat cheese
4 tsp dill pollen
2 cups panko bread crumbs
1 egg (forgot to include in the picture, oops!)
Oil for frying (I used canola)
Bamboo Skewers

1. First, reconstitute the dried morels per Marx Food’s directions.  Strain reconstituted mushrooms, pat dry with a paper towel, and remove the stems.

2.With a spoon, combine goat cheese and dill pollen in a small dish.

3. Using my oh-so-technical method, transfer goat cheese mixture to a Ziploc bag.  Cut a small corner of the filled bag,  and use this makeshift pastry bag to fill the mushrooms with cheese.

 

4. Skewer each cheesy mushroom

5. Beat egg in small bowl, and spread panko crumbs on a plate.  Dip each lollipop in the egg mixture and then roll in panko crumbs.

If you like an extra crunch, you can re-dip in the egg and re-crumb. You will get this:

6. Heat oil in heavy-duty pot or pan.  Fry each battered lollipop until light golden. Careful, oil is hot (duh)

7. Rest lollipops on paper towels.  Serve while hot!

Served hot, these lollipops are rich, meaty and scrumptious on their own.  If you’d like a little dipping action, however – you can put together a simple garlic truffle aioli:

Garlic Tuffle Aioli

1 egg yolk, room temperature
1 tsp lemon juice
1 cup of extra virgin olive oil
2 cloves garlic, crushed and minced
1/2 tsp truffle salt

1. Whisk egg yolk, 1/4 tsp of truffle salt, and lemon juice by hand or …whirr? (you know what I mean) with a food processor.
2.  While whisking or whirring, drizzle in olive oil 1 tsp at a time, allowing it to emulsify.  The key here is slow and steady! If you take your time, you’ll see the aioli start to come together.
3. Once aioli has reached desired consistency (should be like a thin mayonnaise), turn off food processor and add in minced garlic until well combined.
4. If desired, finish with more truffle salt.

Have you had savory lollipops before? What kind?

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29 Comments

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    lavenderpug
    May 2, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    that looks delicious, and so creative! i mean, cheese, mushrooms, breaded, fried, aioli, truffle salt…you're a genius!!

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    Kim
    May 2, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    I love truffle oil! These look really yummy. I've never cooked with dill pollen before, or even heard of it!

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    lobster
    May 2, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    yum! These look delicious. I can tasty the truffly mushroom goodness through the pics.

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    Shannon
    May 2, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    how awesome are these 🙂 i'd certainly eat a few of these, love!!

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    Alice
    May 2, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    *drool* lavenderpug couldn't have said it any better!!

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    San Jose Love
    May 2, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    ooh these looked really good. Don't think I've ever tried Morel mushrooms.

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    Ali @ His Birdie's Nest
    May 2, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    Seriously!?! OMG, YUM!

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    Amanda
    May 2, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    Looking delicious!

    P.S. I have a very similar color on my nails as you do 😉

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    arunnerslife
    May 2, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    WHOA. These…are brilliant! As are you 🙂

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    butter
    May 2, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    I love how the shape of the mushrooms makes the pop look like a gumdrop on a stick! A very sophisticated, crispy, chewy, savory, cheesy gumdrop . . . oh, i'm suddenly so hungry.

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    justcooknyc.com
    May 2, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    these are kind of insane. i mean that in a good way.

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    Jessica
    May 2, 2011 at 7:02 pm

    I'm a huge fan of fried food and of cheese. You've got yourself a win here. 🙂

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    kimberly michelle
    May 2, 2011 at 9:52 pm

    Yum yum yum!!! And I love the "ode to cakepops" first photo! 🙂

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    honey my heart
    May 3, 2011 at 1:26 am

    oh wow! never heard of mushroom lollipops, but these look amazing! especially with a filling and fried. yummy 😉

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    Karima
    May 3, 2011 at 2:47 am

    looks yummy!!

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    Juanita
    May 3, 2011 at 9:10 am

    I've never seen dried morels like that before. What a creative way of serving them!

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    Chic 'n Cheap Living
    May 3, 2011 at 9:29 am

    You are amazing. I would like a morel lollipop please!

    xoxo,
    Chic 'n Cheap Living

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    Joanne
    May 3, 2011 at 11:23 am

    When I first tried morels for last year's challenge, I was amazed at how much I loved them since I'm not really a mushroom fan. These lollipops are adorable!

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    Married In Chicago
    May 3, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    Oh my – this looks super yummy! And these lollipops are such a fun thing to do for a party!

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    Tiffany
    May 3, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    Oh. My. Lord. Those sounds delicious!

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    kelsey
    May 3, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    I can't even add anything. Those are the most delicious things I've ever seen! OMG. I'm dying!! Need to eat immediately!

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    Cathleya
    May 3, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    I'll take 7, please. MMMMM

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    The Less Than Domestic Goddess
    May 3, 2011 at 11:31 pm

    Wow, those look awesome! What a creative recipe!

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    Jade
    May 4, 2011 at 12:37 am

    Yum… mushroom pops! Your recipes and restaurant reviews always have me drooling! I am actually visiting home next week, so I plan to make a few stops at some of the places you've mentioned on your blog! My tummy is SO EXCITED!

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    A Thought For Food
    May 4, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    As the winner of last year's Marx Food challenge… I can say that this is a winning recipe. I'm going over there right now to vote!

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    A Thought For Food
    May 4, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    Oh I can't vote yet… but I will!!!

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    Diana
    May 5, 2011 at 11:18 am

    WOW….you are really creative with your food…im going to vote for you! I love that you have photos for each step. We had some amazing stuffed mushrooms on our anniversary, yum! These look great!

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    Micah and Catherine
    May 18, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    These look amazing! I wish I had seen this before our mushroom party.

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