Yesterday, my doorbell rang and there was my neighbour Percy with a large bag. He said, "I heard you like these." Inside the bag was a soccer ball-sized puffball mushroom. Thanks Percy!
It was gorgeous and fresh and big!
After posing it on cake stands and plates, I decided I'd better cook it up while it was still fresh. There are many recipes on the web for making schnitzel with puffballs so I thought I'd give it a try.
First of all the mushroom has to be pure white inside, which means it's very fresh.
Remove the peel and cut the mushroom into 1/2" slices.
Coat on both sides with beaten egg.
Mix breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese with salt, pepper and whatever dried herbs you have and coat the slice...
...on both sides.
Place in a hot frying pan with oil...
...and brown on both sides, about 2 minutes a side. This is UNBELIEVABLY delicious. The inside is like warm, velvety mushroom--very mild in flavour and the outside is crunchy and delicious. I can't wait for the doorbell to ring again!
Postscript: Today I went out into the woods and lookie lookie what I found. Twelve more puffballs! Schnitzel anyone?