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Spring Foraging / Dandelion Flower Recipe
Dandelions and Miners Lettuce
March 28th / 2013
Spring is here; and as wild foods fan, I am stoked.
Yesterday, I stumbled on my first foraged spring treat: Miner's Lettuce. (Likely Siberian Miner's Lettuce.) It tasted fantastic, like baby spinach with a better texture. I ate it raw as a snack while hiking, but looking forward to cooking it up or using it as a salad green.
I noticed dandelions are already popping up, so I grabbed a handful of yellow flowers for a dish I have been wanting to try: Dandelion Fritters. Dandelions are full of nutritional value, and pretty easy to find. (Go for a walk and look down.)
My Dandelion Flower Fritter Recipe:
Step 1: Important: Soak the flowers in a bowl of salted water. I don't measure anything when cooking...but I'm guessing a teaspoon of salt in 2 cups of water with a dozen flowers works well. I soaked them for about 20 minutes.
Step 2: Warm up a frying pan with some butter (preferred) or oil.
Step 3: Drain the water from the flowers, give them a little shake to get off the extra moisture. Then coat with pancake batter (I like the batter on the thin/watery side compared to what you would use for real pancakes.
Step 4: Fry them up! Cook just like you would a pancake: a few minutes on one side...then flip, and a few more minutes.
Step 5: Enjoy. I really like everything about these. My picky 10-year-old liked them, too.
I served them with breakfast. So they got dipped in ketchup. Ha. But, I think a nice sauce would be yogurt or sour cream with fresh chopped dill.
Pancake Batter - I used a "just add water" pancake batter mix. Originally, the recipe that inspired me used "Bisquick", which I think (guessing)is the same thing as instant pancake mix.
If you wanted a more "from scratch" recipe...make your own batter.
Dandelion Flowers - Some folks say to remove all the green before cooking. Personally I leave a bit of the green on...I like the flavor. Try both ways and see what you prefer.
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Also see: Edible Mushrooms of Vancouver Island - for more info on foraging in the Pacific Northwest.
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