Shrimp and Fiddlehead

"A wonderful spring treat! A recipe from the U of M Cooperative Extension website."
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  • Cut off ends of fiddleheads.
  • Remove scales and wash thoroughly.
  • Bring water to a boil in a large saucepan; add shrimp and cook three to five minutes, or until done.
  • Drain well, and set aside.
  • Cook fiddleheads in boiling water for ten minutes.
  • Drain.
  • Coat a large, nonstick skillet with cooking spray; add margarine.
  • Heat until margarine melts.
  • Add onion and green pepper and sauté until crisp-tender.
  • Stir in fiddleheads.
  • Meanwhile, cook pasta as directed, without salt or oil.
  • Drain well, set aside and keep warm.
  • Add sliced mushrooms, thyme, pepper, salt and celery seeds to vegetable mixture; stir well.
  • Cook, uncovered, over medium heat three to four minutes or until mushrooms are tender, stirring often.
  • Stir in shrimp and lemon juice; cook until heated through, stirring often.
  • Place pasta on a large platter.
  • Spoon shrimp mixture on top.
  • Serve immediately.

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  1. excellent! I was so excited last week when I saw fiddleheads sold at the farmers' market but hasitated to buy any becuase the only way I know how to cook them is to par-boil then stir-fry with garlic, which the kids absolutely despise (yes, my son actually said he "despise those slimy thing-y".) Not with this yummy fettucini! wow, love all the herb combination, esp the celery seed. A few varations I made: I seasoned the shrimp with salt and some corn starch first. Also, added some mustard seed and left-over corn niblets just for the colour. Awesome! Off I go to get some of 'em "slimy greens". Thank you very much!


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