Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Fiddlehead & Potato Salad

I think I have missed the wild leek season. I went into our back forest to check on our transplants, and they are doing well but not expanding. Give them another couple of decades, I guess.

We don't have any fiddleheads growing in our woods but I did find some in a local shop. They make a good addition to a potato salad.

4 to 6 servings
30 minutes prep time

Fiddlehead & Potato Salad

Make the Dressing:
1/2 cup mayonnaise (light is fine)
1/3 cup thick yogurt OR sour cream
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar OR dill pickle brine
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1/4 cup finely chopped chives
salt & freshly ground black pepper to taste

Start the potatoes just before you start the dressing.

Mix the mayonnaise, yogurt, vinegar or brine in a mixing bowl. Wash and pick over the chives, and chop them finely. Add them, with salt and pepper to taste. Stir well. Keep in the refrigerator until ready to add the salad. 

Make the Salad:
750 grams (1 1/2 pounds) potatoes
1 large carrot
1 1/2 cups fiddleheads
1/2 cup diced peeled celeriac OR 1 stalk celery

Wash and trim or peel the potatoes. Cut them into small bite-sized chunks. Wash and peel the carrots, and cut them just slightly smaller. Put both in a pot with water to cover, and bring to a boil. Boil for 10 to 15 minutes until the potatoes are just tender. Drain, and rinse under cold water until cooled. Drain again well.

Wash the fiddlehead by rubbing them gently between your hands in cold water then rinsing them well. Trim off any browned spot. Bring a pot of water to a boil and drop them in. Boil for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, bring a small kettle of water to a boil. Drain the fiddleheads then return them to the heat and immediately pour over enough boiling water from the kettle to cover them. Boil another 4 to 5 minutes until tender. Rinse in cold water to cool and drain well.

Wash, trim, and chop the celery fairly finely.

Mix the potatoes and carrots, most of the fiddleheads - reserve a few for garnish - and the celery into the bowl of dressing and toss well. Transfer to a serving bowl and garnish with the extra fiddleheads.

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