Fiddlehead Fern Recipe | PBS Food

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  • 1 bundle fern shoots, cut in 1 inch pieces
  • ¼ lb. bacon, sliced
  • 1 large tablespoon butter
  • salt


  1. Thoroughly wash fern shoots, taking care to remove as much of the small “hairs” on the stems as possible.
  2. Fill a large bowl with water and ice. Set aside. Bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil. Add a hefty pinch of salt and the fern shoots. Cook for 30 seconds to one minute, until the shoots are a bright, vibrant green. Strain and drop into cold ice water to stop the cooking process.
  3. In a medium size pan over medium high heat, melt butter and add bacon. Render down the fat of the bacon without browning the bacon too much, 3-4 minutes. Add the fern shoots and stir, coating each piece with bacon fat and butter, about 2 minutes. Serve hot.
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