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    I remember seeing a thread here somewhat recently regarding these things. Anyway, I was down at the Byward Market this afternoon and found a vendor selling them along with fresh-peeled garlic. Needless to say, I thought back to that thread, and figured I'm try it out.

    Now, how long do I boil them for (Add to boiling water or bring to boil with water?) and how long would I fry them with garlic butter afterward?

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    Thanks, but if anyone has any personal experience, or a suggestion for extra flavor, please tell me as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by B.David View Post
    Thanks, but if anyone has any personal experience, or a suggestion for extra flavor, please tell me as well.
    Not me, I had to google what a Fiddlehead was and go from there...Lmao

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    I also bought fiddleheads in the Byward market today. I boil them quickly twice (changing the water in between). I fry up some bacon and set aside. Leave some of the bacon grease in the pan and toss the fiddleheads in it. Crumble up some bacon bits in it too. Yummy.

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    Bacon... Good call, I have a pound in the fridge waiting to be opened. Thanks. Probably going to be tomorrow night now, as I remembered I have a spicy chicken sub in the fridge from yesterday!
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    Have enjoyed them for years, I remove any of the brown skins, wash them well, boil in salted water till tender drain add butter salt and pepper then pig out!

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    Default Re: Fiddleheads...Cooking Question

    i bought some today at pino's
    sauteed in butter and garlic
    pretty good

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    thats how i did them Kitti,,, but next time i think i will take the bacon advice and add it!! sounds good!

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    Instead of bacon, pancetta and pine nuts are good too - just as good with brussel sprouts or spinach etc... Toast the nuts, brown the pancetta and then toss in the pre-boiled fiddleheads/ brussel sprouts/spinach. Very, very good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by really? View Post
    Instead of bacon, pancetta and pine nuts are good too - just as good with brussel sprouts or spinach etc... Toast the nuts, brown the pancetta and then toss in the pre-boiled fiddleheads/ brussel sprouts/spinach. Very, very good.
    Oh,,, Yummmm,,O~~!!!!

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    Default Re: Fiddleheads...Cooking Question

    i steam them until tender, and then i like to add chhez whiz on ton or some other cream cheese...or just saute them in butter with garlic (or leeks )or just butter...good stuff...and now is the time to pick them
    better to burnout,,,,than fade away

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    I'm getting excited...almost time to feast on fiddleheads!

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    Default Re: Fiddleheads...Cooking Question

    oh no, its waaay to early to pick them around here! another month at least.

    mmmm, sounds good with the bacon.

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    I love fiddle heads. I remember when I was a little kid, my grandparents would take me to blind river to visit relatives. During fiddle head season, we would stop along the side of the Hemingway and go pick some. They are so good.
    I boil then till tender, then sautee them in garlic and butter, Yummy..

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    Default Re: Fiddleheads...Cooking Question

    Which type of fern do you get the fiddleheads from? Ostrich Ferns? I have a lot of Bracken fern in my area but this type seems to have some possible negagtive impact on the system.

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    Default Re: Fiddleheads...Cooking Question

    The fiddleheads of certain ferns are eaten as a cooked leaf vegetable. The most popular of these are:

    * Bracken, Pteridium aquilinum, found worldwide
    * Ostrich fern, Matteuccia struthiopteris, found in northern regions worldwide, and the central/eastern part of North America
    * Cinnamon fern or buckhorn fern, Osmunda cinnamomea, found in the Eastern parts of North America
    * Royal fern, Osmunda regalis, found worldwide
    * Zenmai or flowering fern, Osmunda japonica, found in East Asia
    * Vegetable fern, Athyrium esculentum, found throughout Asia and Oceania

    Fiddleheads' ornamental value makes them very expensive in the temperate regions where they are not abundant.

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    Default Re: Fiddleheads...Cooking Question

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fiddlehead_fern


    Heres a link all about fiddleheads', and yes ostrich ferns are a fiddlehead and can be eaten do u know what they look like so u know when you can pick them to eat? they have to be somewhat long and curl into a round circle at the top. LOl thats the best i can explain..lol

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    Default Re: Fiddleheads...Cooking Question

    Pearl Barley Risotto with Fiddleheads, Squash and Walnuts



    Ingredients:
    50 g fiddleheads, trimmed and blanched
    50 g roasted butternut squash, inch dice
    50 g pearl barley (cooked to al dente)
    15 g roasted walnuts, roughly chopped
    1 tbsp butter
    1 tbsp marscapone cheese
    1 tbsp parmasean cheese
    1 tsp chives
    2 tbsp vegetable stock
    tsp sea salt

    Directions:
    1. Combine all ingredients in a medium sized saucepan over medium heat. Serve warm.

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    Default Re: Fiddleheads...Cooking Question

    i just made a batch for my inlaws here in sudbury. i fried some onion and garlic in oil,then added the washed and dried freshly picked fiddleheads . i stir fried them for about 2-3 minutes then took them off the heat and covered them with the lid. they were delicious!!!!!

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