Saute Those Fiddlehead Ferns

"Fiddlehead Fern is picked in the spring when they just pop out of the ground and are still curled looking like the head of a violin. They grow in the northeastern part of the USA and in eastern Canada. Being in Nevada I never expected to see these luscious delicacies again but you can see I was wrong. Trader Joe's had them and I grabbed a package very quickly. The recipe is one I just put together with what I had available. Didn't want to take the time to go to the store for anything else. You can buy sundried tomatoes packed in oil... yum."
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  • 1 cup fiddlehead, ferns
  • 12 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons oil, from the sun-dried tomatoes
  • 14 cup chopped onion
  • 12 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 12 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 3 tablespoons chopped sun-dried tomatoes


  • Wash fiddleheads, cut off ends, remove any brown spots.
  • Boil in salted water for 10 minutes.
  • Saute onions in oil for 3 minutes.
  • Add mushrooms, garlic and ferns.
  • Saute for 5 minutes.
  • Stir in Sundried tomatoes.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Turn heat to low.
  • Cover and cook for 5 minutes.

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  1. CountryLady
    Fiddleheads are actually the tender new shoot of the Ostrich Fern which appears in early June. Once it grows & unfurls, it becomes tough & loses its flavour. They are aslo frozen commercially in the Maritimes!
  2. mommymakeit4u
    First time eating fiddleheads and the recipe was perfect! Thanks for posting!


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