Yellowfoot chanterelles are a great, underused cousin compared to golden chanterelles and black trumpets, and while many of them are small, sometimes the ones sold out of the Pacific Northwest can be just as large, if not larger than some of the golden chanterelles and black trumpets I harvest in the Midwest. I made these fried yellowfeet using the same method I use to make my Chicken-Fried Chicken of the Woods, and it’s a great way to use the larger yellowfeet you might find.
After a quick dip in flour-egg-flour, larger yellowfoot chanterelles get meaty enough that they could be substituted for meat in a vegetarian entree, or just served as a hearty appetizer with crunchy salt and lemon wedges. It’s a great way to treat these mushrooms, and plenty of other ones.
On the seasonings
Really all you need here is some flour, your favorite spice mix, salt, egg, and cooking oil. There’s countless ways you could flavor the flour, but in the video here I chose one that’s a good, all-purpose seasoning for plenty of things: curry powder. In Europe, specifically France, curry powder is often used as a seasoning, as opposed to the backbone of a curry. It’s a great compliment to the mushrooms here, and gives the finished product an attractive golden color. If you don’t have any curry powder, a good pinch of paprika can be just fine too.
Fried Yellowfoot Chanterelles
- Heavy saute of frying pan, like cast iron
- 4 oz Fresh yellowfoot chanterelles
- All purpose flour, as needed for breading, roughly 1 cup
- kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
- 1 tablespoon Sweet or hot curry powder
- 2 large eggs, beaten
- Lemon wedges for serving
- Extra salt, preferably a crunchy finishing salt like Maldon optional
- Cooking oil, as needed Clarified butter or ghee is great here
- Inspect the mushrooms for dirt and debris, and rinse or swish them quickly in cold water if needed, then allow to dry on towels for a few minutes.
- Mix the flour, curry or other seasonings, salt and pepper. Toss the mushrooms first in flour tapping off excess, then in egg, then in flour again.
- Meanwhile, heat a pan or cast iron skillet with a few tablespoons of oil until flour sizzles when you sprinkle in a tiny pinch. Add the mushrooms and cook until browned, then flip and brown the other side. If the pan gets dry, add a little more oil.
- If you have very large mushrooms where the caps fold over on themselves, open the caps up and brown the inside (see video) to prevent having any soggy flour spots. Serve hot with lemon and extra salt on the side.