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Simply Delicious Fiddlehead Ferns

Simply Delicious Fiddlehead Ferns
Fiddlehead ferns can be prepared in many different ways, including soups, souffl├ęs, and casseroles. But many people prefer them when they're cooked very simply. This is one of those "simple" recipes. The lemon adds a wonderful zing to the fiddleheads, and the butter adds the perfect finishing touch.
Ingredients:

1 pound fresh fiddlehead ferns, tightly closed
2 quarts boiling water
1 teaspoon salt
ice water
4 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon fresh pepper



Directions:

Clean and trim the fiddleheads, snipping off the tough stems. Wash in cold water.

 

Boil two quarts of salted water and add the fiddleheads. Return to a boil and cook for only about two or three minutes, timing it carefully.

 

Drain the boiling water and dunk the ferns immediately in ice water. Drain the fiddleheads and pat them dry.

 

Place a large sauté pan over medium heat and add the butter. As it begins to bubble, add the blanched fiddleheads. Sauté for about two minutes, then add the lemon juice and stir thoroughly.

 

Season with salt and pepper and serve piping hot.