Monday, May 14, 2007

sautéed fiddlehead ferns with garlic

If you can find fiddleheads, you probably need to make this dish this week or they'll be gone.

3/4 pound fresh fiddlehead ferns
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 to 3 cloves garlic or spring garlic, very finely chopped
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Clean and trim the ends off the fiddleheads.

Bring a medium pot of water to boil over high heat. Add the fiddleheads and let cook 10 seconds. Immediately drain the fiddleheads and place under very cold running water to stop the cooking and retain the green color. Keep the fiddleheads under the cold water until they are cool. Drain again.

In a large skillet heat the oil over moderately high heat. Add the garlic and cook, stirring constantly, for about 10 seconds. The idea is to let the garlic just begin to turn golden brown, but not burn. Add the fiddleheads and cook, stirring frequently, for about 5 minutes. Season liberally with salt and pepper. The fiddleheads are done when they are still crisp, with a bite, but not raw tasting. Serve hot with pasta, rice, or potatoes, or alongside any poultry or seafood dish. The fiddleheads can also be served at room temperature with vinaigrette. Serves 3 to 4.

(Kathy Gunst made this dish on WBUR's Here and Now on Wednesday, May 14th, 2003.)

You can read the post that goes along with this recipe here.