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Fiddlehead Soup

 Fiddlehead Soup
My family loves this delicious soup made with fiddleheads (the tightly curled young fronds from bracken, ostrich and cinnamon ferns). We have been hunting for and harvesting wild edible plants for a number of years now. Fiddleheads are one of the first plants to sprout in the spring.—Karen Grasley, Quadeville, Ontario
4 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 30 min.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup fiddleheads or sliced fresh asparagus
  • 1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 3/4 cup sliced leeks (white portion only)
  • 1/4 cup sliced green onions
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

Directions

  • In a large saucepan, cook the fiddleheads, mushrooms, leeks and
  • onions in butter until the onions are tender, about 4 minutes.
  • Stir in the flour, salt and cayenne. Gradually add the milk and
  • broth, stirring until blended. Bring to a gentle boil; cook and stir
  • for 10 minutes or until thickened. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered,
  • for 10 minutes or until heated through. Stir in lemon juice. Yield:
  • 4 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 cup) equals 370 calories, 29 g fat (18 g saturated fat), 86 mg cholesterol, 854 mg sodium, 20 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 9 g protein.