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May 13, 2010 11:23 AM

ISO: Fiddlehead recipes

I've recently bought some fiddleheads but seem to be at a loss as to how to cook them - any successful recipes would be appreciated!



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  1. simple is by far the best. rinse well, steam over salted water for 2-3 minutes or VERY al dente, saute lightly for another 1 min with some butter and finish with a squeeze of lemon and some good sea salt. some people use garlic but i like to highlight the spring freshness

    1. This might get moved to the cooking boards but Fiddlehead Chowder from Anita Stewart's Flavours of Canada cookbook is my all time favourite. The Toronto Star published it a while back.

      I noticed that Toronto's Closet Cooking published a Fiddlehead carbonara recipe on Tuesday and was thinking about trying it but haven't yet.

      Good luck!

      1. If you like anchovies, and who doesn't, grind up an anchovy or two w/ some garlic in a mortar and pestle, reduce some cream, add the anchovy mix and stir. Serve over fiddleheads steamed and sauteed as downtownfoodie wrote. Less is more w/ this dish.

        1. This is me defaulting to my Southern-ness, but I like to fry 'em up. and top them with bleu cheese and hot sauce.

          1. Bought some fiddleheads the other day and was looking for recipes. Found, in Flexitarian Table, a suggestion to pair them with cut up asparagus. Lovely combination. Simply sauteed with slivers of garlic in olive oil and topped with a squeeze of lemon.

            The author says to be sure to blanch them in boiling water for a few minutes to get rid of dirt and bacteria. Not sure I'd done that before, but I will from now on. Was shocked at how much dirt and gunk was in the bottom of the pot. Even after rinsing and trimming.

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            1. re: JoanN

              Yes! It was the first time I'd ever made them, so I researched the prep quite a bit. I came across a lot of articles instructing me to rinse, blanch, etc.

              I didn't blanch them, but I let them soak in a mixing bowl of water for a bit, and changed the water several times. Those things had a LOT of gunk. I may have taken them for a spin in the salad spinner before battering them, but that was also the night of morels and favas, so it's all sort of running together in my memory.