Dandelion Blossom Fritters

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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.

Dandelion

2. Pluck off the blossoms.

3. Wash them thoroughly. I used a salad spinner to dry mine, and it worked well.

Clean dandelions in the salad spinner

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:

Dandelion blossom
Before

Blossom with little leaves and stem removed
After

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.

Fritter assembly line
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.

Dandelion blossom fritters

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!

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    1. haggis
      – a good one is delicious
      (those served in the school catering systems of the seventies should be avoided like the plague)
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    2. I’ve never had these, but I think I might give them a try seeing as how I’m an awesome dandelion gardener. ;)
      Kristi {at} Live and Love Out Loud’s last post … New Features at Live and Love Out Loud- Making Improvements for YouMy Profile

    3. Our neighbors both appear to have an abundance of dandelions. And I’m pretty sure neither use chemicals on their lawns (hence the abundance of dandelions) Our lawn is quite bare of them so perhaps a recognizance mission is needed ;)
      Carrie’s last post … Red Writing Hood- Search for HumanityMy Profile

      • I was actually thinking this – if you have dandelions, you’re probably not spraying. But since I’m not exactly certain, I don’t want to give that as official advice. ;)

    4. wow!!! These look so cool! I will definitely have to try them this summer. How interesting!!

    5. byrhtnoth says:

      I deliberately cultivate dandelions because my tortoise loves the greens, so a flower recipe for us could hardly be more perfect! I can hardly wait to try them!

    6. Hi Amber,
      If you’re looking for something to do with the rest of the dandelions, the green leaves are a staple in Greek households, called Horta (translates to Greens or Grass or something like that). We boil them serve them with lemon, olive oil and some salt. Delicious.
      I was able to find this link online on how to prepare them: http://en.petitchef.com/recipes/horta-fid-836855
      Happy gardening!

    7. I love these. I made them exactly today last year!

      http://www.birthroutes.com/home/2010/4/25/batter-fried-dandelions.html

      I saw a tiny tiny dandelion yesterday, but hopefully in the next few days there will be an abundance for deep frying.
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    8. The weirdest foods I’ve had would probably be in the US, where things that we consider only ingredients for sweets or desserts, mixed in savory dishes. Like, for instance, my mother ‘s in law turkey stuffed with chestnuts and served with cranberry sauce, or her salad dressing made with majo and raisins. I often find these weird (to me) combinations interesting, but I don’t really have a taste for sweet and sour at all, and eating in the US often feels to me like a culinary cognitive challenge. But then, when I once served my mother in law roast rabbit, she meekly said “we don’t eat bunnies!”, and wasn’t able to eat it. As far as flowers and buds many are part of our culinary tradition: from artichokes, to capers, to zucchini and elderflower blossoms, and so on. Buon appetito!:)
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    9. mmmmm….. I love dandilions and could never figure out why someone would hate a plan that is pretty in flower AND in seed, not prickly and even edible! I love that yellow and their soft petalled heads….

      I will be trying this recipe for sure.

    10. oh ya. Weird food;
      We did deep fry a turkey one year, it was delicious! But the oil was more expensive than the bird to get enough to do it right, then what do you do with all that oil when it’s over?!
      I am a grazer, I will munch on new grass shoots, clover flowers, wild roses, berries (of course), even fir tree tips when they are soft and bright, I know some sour weeds that are tasty and pick the sugar-dew off the tips of pine trees in the heat of the summer. There are some seagrasses that are really yummy too. The strangest PLACE I ever grazed was in the ruined and abandoned site of Ostia Antica, near Rome: there was a fruit tree in an ancient courtyard, and the yellow fruit looked really ripe…. I tentatively tasted it and the fruit was very inviting in flavour and texture, so I ate it. My friends were worried, but then we saw the same fruit in a Roman market the next day so they felt better about it…. I still don’t know what it was called.

      I have eaten some pretty odd seafood. But adventure goes hand and hand with good sushi!

    11. Wonderful idea. Kids would love love love this.

      I, also, am great at growing dandelions.

      The wierdest thing I ever ate was found in a stew served to me in Cambodia at a restaurant run by orphans. I have no idea what it was. Possibly a pituitary gland. I thought it was a mushroom but it wasn’t. I had to spit it out into my napkin. The orphans were crestfallen. There was about 8 of them watching me chew with their huge brown eyes. I think they thought they gave me the best thing ever. Maybe it was a hippocampus. I don’t know. I just couldn’t swallow it though. So perhaps I can’t legitimately say I ate it.

    12. I don’t eat weird stuff. But eating dandelions is infinitely appealing. Especially fried dandelions. Also, have I mentioned I love Betsy?
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    13. The weirdest food I’ve had is a tie between alligator (farmed) and termites. Both were fried, although the termite was not battered. The alligator tasted like chicken – no joke – and honestly even though it was farmed I felt a mighty load of guilt for eating it. Now that I know it tastes like chicken, there’s no point that I can see for having it as a food source.

      The termite, on the other hand, tasted like termite. And the frying didn’t help in any way. Eat only when starvation is the only other option.
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    14. That looks good! Although I agree that just about anything battered and fried can be appealing – I saw rattlesnake on the menu in Arizona.
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    15. @MissJ_BC
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      Mmmm deep fried mars bars. Sooo good. Had them in Campbell River at Dick’s Fish n Chips while visiting my BIL. Can’t think of any other odd foods I’ve had, but I’m sure there are some. DH can be regularly seen with a huckleberry bush in his hand while hiking in the summer. :)

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