I have been wanting to cook one of these bad boys for a long time. While I was out morel hunting and practicing my skills being the King of Morels and owner of “Precious”, I happened upon a King Bolete. I was so excited I picked it I ran back up to show my wife, she was not as excited as I was. The morels had not started to show up in numbers yet, still a pretty slow year.
I have only found one King Bolete in my life and it was not edible so I took my time identifying it to make sure it was in fact a King Bolete. I am hard enough on my liver as it is, do not need my liver shutting down over a bad mushroom.
The biggest decision that I had to make is how I was going to cook it. I did not want to put it in a soup, or mix it with too many ingredients. I wanted to taste it, I wanted to experience it. The first thing I had to do was to clean this beauty.
From the research I did, they say that you do not want to use a lot of water to clean it because the caps will get slimy. I cut the dirt off the stalk and rubbed the mushroom off with water. The second important thing you need to remember is that you need to make sure there is no bug infestation. The easiest way is to slice it and check.
I slice the mushroom in about 1/8 thick slices, because I want texture and taste.
I was a little discouraged because this Bolete was barely visible and fresh. I guess the bugs love them as much as humans do. I lost half of my King Bolete but was able to save the other half if that.
I figured the best way to prepare this would be simply using fresh garlic, a tablespoon of butter, with olive oil on medium heat. I do not advise high heat with this mushroom. Begin with caramelizing the garlic in the olive oil and butter, then after half way to the garlic turning brown add the mushrooms. My season steak is already off the grill and resting.
I had corn and asparagus in the fridge so I decided to shave the corn off, and utilize the spears. It was sweet corn, so all I used was a tablespoon of olive oil, and some salt.
As I was getting ready to plate I asked my lovely wife if she was ready to eat because she ran a half marathon that day and was a little busy.
I cut the meat to serve, filet obviously went to the Queen as I prepared the New York cut for myself.
The King Bolete did not disappoint. It had texture, and great taste. I will definitely be looking for some more of these gems in the woods. I wonder what Trevor and his family were eating that night as I took another bite of King Bolete.
I hope it inspires you to get out into the woods and enjoy the fresh air and look for edible mushrooms. It is not hard, just takes patience, a good eye and some research on if it is edible or not. Trust me, if I can do it then so can you.