One of my hobbies is to forage for edibles in our Missouri area, especially hunting for mushrooms in the woods. A favorite aspect of this pasttime is that my teenage son also likes to hunt. Nothing is better than being outside, on a crisp fall day, chatting with my boy while we look for the “Mother load”. Recently, we embarked on a hunt hoping we would be as successful as our last adventure (when we found oyster mushrooms that we roasted and added to a homemade pizza).
Halfway thru our journey, we spotted them: gem-studded puffballs- lots of them on a fallen log. We harvested some, brought them home, and confirmed their identity. I decided to dip them in Andy’s Tempura Batter (St. Louis) then fry in a butter/olive oil combo. Very tasty! Served with steamed edamame (Charleston, MO) that I had frozen and barbequed trout (Troutdale Farms, Gravois Mills, MO).
A delicious meal, all foraged, fished or farmed from Missouri!