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Last year I decided to try making dandelion blossom fritters. They were really good. Although I suspect most anything would be really good when fried in dough and drenched in maple syrup. Perhaps even dryer lint.
Anyways, it’s dandelion time again here in Metro Vancouver, and I am a pro at growing dandelions. Seriously, it’s like I’m not even trying, I’m so good at growing dandelions. So I decided to give the fritters another go. I got my recipe and instructions here and here. Here’s what the process looks like:
1. Go out on a sunny day and find some dandelions. Ideally, your collection spot should be someplace where there’s no chance the flowers were exposed to chemicals, and you may want to avoid parks where a lot of dogs hang out, too. I picked my own dandelions in my back yard.
2. Pluck off the blossoms.
3. Wash them thoroughly. I used a salad spinner to dry mine, and it worked well.
4. Pick off the tiny little leaves at the base of the flower, and any remnants of stem. Here are before and after shots of what I’m talking about:
5. Put about 1/4″ of oil in a pan, and place over medium heat to warm.
6. Mix up your batter. I used 1 cup of whole wheat flour, 1 cup of milk and 1 egg. But if you have a standard batter recipe you use, it would probably work, too. You can also use your favourite gluten-free flour blend in place of wheat flour.
7. Once the oil is hot enough that it sizzles nicely when a few drops of batter are placed in it, it’s ready to go.
My fritter assembly line
8. Coat your blossoms in batter and fry them for a couple of minutes on each side, or until nice and golden brown.
9. Remove the fritters from the pan and place on a towel to remove excess oil.
10. Drizzle with maple syrup or honey, or cover with icing sugar. Then eat them while they’re still warm.
If you’re into local eating like I am, you can’t do any better than picking some dandelions in your back yard to have for a snack. If you’re similarly blessed with yellow flowers, why not give it a try? Eating flowers sounds a little weird, I’ll admit it, but you just might be pleasantly surprised.
What’s the weirdest fried food you’ve ever eaten? Have you sampled a deep fried Mars bar or Twinkie? Or have you fried your Thanksgiving turkey? Do share!