Fiddlehead Frittata

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Author Notes: Since moving to New Hampshire I've discovered fiddleheads -- wild, tightly coiled, nutty-flavored, delicious. I tend to cook with them as I would asparagus -- sometimes adding a bit of smoked salmon to this fritatta, for example.mdm

Food52 Review: WHO: mdm is a professor living in the wilds of New Hampshire.
WHAT: A no-fuss frittata using spring's earthy gems.
HOW: Saute your garlic, morels, and fiddleheads, pour in your eggs and cheese, let sit for a few minutes, and broil.
WHY WE LOVE IT: This is the kind of recipe we love having in our back pocket; it's perfect for breakfast, lunch, dinner, a snack, whether it's hot, warm, or cold. As the season changes, you can substitute your favorite produce for the fiddleheads and morels -- for now, we'll eat as much of this as we can.
The Editors

Serves 4

  • 6 eggs
  • 1 cup fiddleheads
  • 1 cup sliced mushrooms (morels would be ideal)
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 4 ounces ricotta or cream cheese
  • 2 sprigs chopped parsley (optional)
  • splashes olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Clean fiddleheads, removing brown fuzz. Then cook in boiled water for about 10 minutes. Rinse and trim ends.
  2. Meanwhile, sauté minced garlic and sliced mushrooms in olive oil, until tender. I recommend using an oiled cast iron pan.
  3. Add cooked fiddleheads, salt and pepper, cook a few more minutes until everything is tender but not mushy.
  4. Lower heat, add chopped parsley if using.
  5. In another bowl, beat the eggs with a pinch of salt. Add cheese -- okay to leave dollops.
  6. Add egg mixture to the vegetables, stir just a bit if not evenly distributed. Cook over low-med heat until eggs begin to set, around 10 minutes.
  7. Finish cooking under broiler, 3 minutes or so. Serve hot or room temperature.
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over 1 year ago hisnamewasbilly

I have a freezer full of fiddleheads, now I have a great recipe to eat them...THANKS Prof...


over 2 years ago whitfield

alamesa, I live in Maine where they are abundant this time of year, but couldn't think of a comparable substitute because of their flavor. I looked up fiddleheads in my Barron's Food Lover's Companion and it stated that the flavor was "akin to an asparagus-green bean-okra cross and a texture that's appealingly chewy". I don't know if that helps any, especially trying to find okra in Spain!


over 2 years ago alamesa

Thanks so much! Asparagus is plentiful here at the moment and very very good and I can also get great green beans, it is possible to get okra but you have to seek it out and I'm not overly fond of it anyway. I'll try an asparagus and green bean version then. Thanks again!


over 2 years ago alamesa

And one day I hope to come over to Maine to try some oysters and crab and do a seafood comparison.:-)


over 2 years ago alamesa

Too bad we can't get fiddlehead in Spain. I guess the whole point is to use fiddleheads but any suggestions for an alternative?


about 5 years ago SallyCan

Curry sounds great with fiddleheads! Green? Yellow? Red? I never would have thought of it, but it makes sense. I'll have to try it the next time I get my hands on some.


about 5 years ago mdm

mmmmm, let's see, usually in some kind of curry (using other spring greens, onions, and whatever kind of meat/tofu I feel like), veg side dish, or to toss over pasta (grilled tomatoes and garlic are my faves). I never had them growing up on the west coast!


about 5 years ago SallyCan

This looks so good to me. Mushrooms work well with fiddleheads, as they bring out their earthy flavors. How else do you cook them?