Puffballs are strange mushrooms. No doubt you have seen them once or twice, most of the time they end up being kicked by and punted like a foot ball. This is fine if the puffballs are mature and old, they are ready to release their spores and propagate. If the puffballs are young, firm and hard though, you will want to take them home and try eating them. Alongside morels, these are mushrooms that many people seem to know about. There are a few things you should know about preparing them though, especially how to tell the difference between old and edible specimens. I find these in mixed woods with lots of decaying matter. They are also a mushroom that loves prairie and open spaces though. Read more about puffball mushrooms.
Puffball Mushroom Recipes
Often puffballs are simply breaded and fried, far from being the “tofu” of mushrooms, old timers will tell you they have a flavor similar to melted cheese. In this recipe I illustrate a method of combining the two into a delicious cheese stuffed puffball cake.
Most likely if you find some puffballs, you will find more than one. Given the fact that they are way too big to fit in your fridge, here is a method of preserving them I found inspired by early Midwest pioneers