Fiddlehead Ferns with Pine Nuts, Pecorino, and Lemon Zest

Fiddlehead Ferns with Pine Nuts, Pecorino, and Lemon Zest
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Fiddlehead Ferns with Pine Nuts, Pecorino, and Lemon Zest

Will Budiaman

Fiddlehead Ferns with Pine Nuts, Pecorino, and Lemon Zest

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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Directions

Bring a medium-sized pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the fiddlehead ferns, boil for 10 minutes, and drain.

Heat the oil in a small sauté pan over low heat. Add the pine nuts and garlic and cook until the pine nuts are golden. Add the red chile pepper flakes and fiddlehead ferns, and heat through briefly.

Transfer to a bowl, toss with the lemon zest, and shave strips of pecorino over the top using a vegetable peeler. Drizzle with more olive oil, to taste.

Nutrition

Calories per serving:

359 kcal

Daily value:

18%

Servings:

2
  • Carbohydrate, by difference 10 g
  • Protein 6 g
  • Total lipid (fat) 35 g
  • Vitamin A, IU 1907 IU
  • Vitamin A, RAE 95 µg
  • Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid 11 mg
  • Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol) 3 mg
  • Vitamin K (phylloquinone) 11 µg
  • Arginine 1 g
  • Ash 1 g
  • Calcium, Ca 16 mg
  • Carotene, alpha 159 µg
  • Carotene, beta 1059 µg
  • Fatty acids, total monounsaturated 18 g
  • Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated 11 g
  • Fatty acids, total saturated 5 g
  • Fatty acids, total trans 4 g
  • Fatty acids, total trans-monoenoic 3 g
  • Fiber, total dietary 4 g
  • Folate, DFE 19 µg
  • Folate, food 19 µg
  • Folate, total 19 µg
  • Glutamic acid 1 g
  • Iron, Fe 1 mg
  • Magnesium, Mg 88 mg
  • Manganese, Mn 2 mg
  • Niacin 3 mg
  • Phosphorus, P 44 mg
  • Potassium, K 280 mg
  • Sodium, Na 24 mg
  • Water 52 g
  • Zinc, Zn 2 mg
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