This salmon recipe incorporates the bounty of spring with fresh fiddlehead ferns and English peas. The fish is dressed with a creamy sauce that's richness is offset by the fruity tang of Meyer lemon. This is a great recipe to try if you're looking to make something a little special in the middle of the week without too much effort.
Fiddlehead ferns have a slightly nutty flavor when cooked, and so I thought fiddleheads, toasted pine nuts, and salty, slightly funky pecorino would be a good combination. Lemon zest brightens things up a bit, and a drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil at the end seals in all the flavors.
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Fiddleheads are typically par-boiled to tenderize them and to remove some of the bitterness of the raw shoots. One of the most popular ways to prepare fiddleheads after par-boiling is to sauté them, often with garlic, onions, and lemon. I find fiddleheads cooked this way are excellent tossed with pasta. So I created a simple dish with wild nameko mushrooms and fiddleheads... a kind of "forager's pasta." This dish is intensely satisfying, even for meat eaters.
A special pepper blend of black and white peppercorns and allspice is the secret to bringing out the naturally nutty flavor of fiddlehead ferns in this simple side dish recipe. Serve this with a simple main dish of grilled fish, chicken, or steak for an easy spring meal.
Whitefish Baked with Fiddlehead Ferns recipe. Ready In: 25 min. Makes 4 servings 66 per serving Ingredients: white wine, dijon mustard, whitefish, salt and white pepper, thyme, fiddlehead, onion, butter, unsalted
Fiddlehead ferns are a popular ingredient in New England and in Canada. I am posting this for the ZWT 4 trip to Canada. I have occasionally seen them in California in larger grocery store produce departments.
These are not my favorite vegetable but when I see them fresh I can't resist buying some. I like garlic with them and added onions. The Pine nuts are optional. You may like to sprinkle on some Parmesan cheese . Clean them well before using in cold water. I like my veggies still crisp so I suggest 5 minutes steaming but if you like your veggies soft the steam for 12 minutes. Fiddleheads are very healthy loaded with Iron.
Ingredients: 2 cups fiddlehead ferns 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 tablespoon lemon juice Salt and freshly ground pepper 1. Clean the fiddleheads thoroughly by washing them several times in cold water to get rid of the brown coat ...