Friday, April 27, 2012

Ostrich Fern Fiddlehead Recipe

This recipe for ostrich fern fiddleheads (Matteucia struthiopteris) is a simple, comfort dish for us . . . but who ever minded a little comfort?

  • 1 lb. of fiddleheads
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup seasoned bread crumbs. 
  1. Steam the fiddleheads in a covered pan with 1/3-1/2 cup of water until most of the water evaporates (about 5 minutes).
  2. When the fiddleheads are softened but still crisp, add the butter and stir until fully melted. 
  3. Sprinkle in salt and bread crumbs.  Fry everything over medium heat. 
  4. Dish is done when the fiddleheads are just beginning to loosen and unfurl (just slightly) and the bread crumbs have turned golden. 
  5. Serve immediately. 

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