Fiddlehead and Saffron Soup

TOTAL TIME: 25 min
Prep: 5 min
Inactive Prep: --
Cook: 20 min
 
YIELD: 4 servings
LEVEL: Easy

ingredients

  • 8 ounces/225 g fiddleheads
  • 4 cups/1 liter chicken stock
  • 1/8 teaspoon crushed saffron threads
  • 2 egg yolks
  • Lemon juice, strained, to taste
  • 1/4 cup/60 ml cream
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
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Directions

Trim the fiddleheads and wash by rinsing in a sink of cold water up to 4 times. Drain. Cook in a pot of boiling salted water until tender, about 10 minutes. Drain and immediately plunge into a basin of ice-water to set the color and stop the cooking. Drain, and set aside.

Heat the chicken stock with the saffron to boiling. Turn off the heat. In a bowl, beat together the yolks and lemon juice. Whisk a ladleful of the hot stock over the yolk mixture. Add another. Then whisk the egg mixture back into the stock. Stir in the cream. Taste and adjust the seasonings. Add the fiddleheads and gently reheat, without boiling. Serve. Cook's Note: If it boils, it will curdle.

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  • on June 02, 2014

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    I enjoyed watching Laura make this on the Woodland Feast episode thinking I would never make it because after all, where does one get fiddle heads?!? Then one day I saw them at a local farmers market. I was so excited. I made the recipe right away. It's just lovely. Soft velvety flavors. Truly delicious.

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  • on June 06, 2013

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    This is a lovely, lovely soup. A different and delicate flavor and well worth giving a try in the spring
    when fresh fiddlehead ferns are available. And even though you must rise and rise and rise those
    ferns, and then cook them for 10 minutes in salted water, etc. It is so easy peasy to do. And again
    a delightful new taste. Not only did I love it, but I gave some to a neighbor who called the next day
    to say she loved it, too. Laura Calder is somehow like Ina Garten in that you can trust both their recipes and even try them out for the first time on guests. They are that good! So double those 5 stars!

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