I was in the Cotswolds last weekend and found some amazing giant puffball mushrooms, the first I've found for over 10 years! It must be a good year for them. They're as large as pillows and weigh upwards of three kilos. With puffballs like these, you need lots of friends to share. Pick them as soon as you can because they grow quickly, and also get eaten by slugs very quickly.
I think the best way to cook a giant puffball is to slice it into thick "steaks" and fry til golden and crisp on the outside. I also add chunks of puffball to a tomato and pepper sauce to fill an over-sized courgette (it's a good time of year for those, as well).
Some folks from the Twittersphere offered their suggestions:
Aaron Turpin of Room for a Radish shared a lovely childhood story, and we love the notion of a "forager's breakfast": "As a kid my dad and i would go mushrooming at dawn. If we found a puffball we ate that for breakfast...Cut into 1cm slices, and fry with eggs for a delicious forager's breakfast."
Matthew Beardshall from The Wild Garlic restaurant in Nailsworth likes it the same way we do: "it has to be a nice thick slice and cook it like a rare steak! Hot pan, finish with butter and let it rest."
Nicky Bender says "They make the most fab soup. As they don't have gills it stays a lovely colour. Very mushroomy :0)"
@scullyx100 suggests "slice thickly dredge in beaten egg and breadcrumbs/Parmesan and fry in butter."
A few more puffball mushroom recipes from around the web:
Has anyone else found puffballs? What do you like to do with them?