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Dandelion Fritters

The fritters were a huge hit and my boys have been asking for them every day! I highly recommend trying them out. They’re not only tasty and nutritious but there is just something fun about dining on dandies! Just be sure you know that you’re picking in a spray-free area and that they are indeed true dandelions (one flower per stalk, no coarse hair on the leaves).
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Servings: 1 cup
Calories: 675kcal
Author: Beth Ricci

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Flour Whatever flour you like! We used fresh organic wheat, but many have had success with rice or a blend with half cornmeal for a bit more crispiness
  • 1 cup Milk Any kind
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 teaspoon Baking powder
  • Lots of heat-tolerant oil for frying Our favourite is cold-pressed coconut oil
  • 1 cup Freshly washed and picked dandelion flower heads If you pick them and store them in the fridge the flowers will close up. Also, my first attempt was a bit bitter. If you’re new to wild crafting take time to remove the bracts [the little downward leaf-looking things at the base of the flower head, where it joins the stem]. My boys are fine with them, but we found that the fritters are tastier without

Instructions

  • Whisk all ingredients together, except for the dandelion heads, including flavour option add-in (see below)
  • Dip the dandelions
  • Fry in hot oil, flower side down (be careful!)
  • Flip and fry some more
  • Drain on a towel and serve hot

Notes

Flavour add-ins:
Savory: (salt, 1 tsp herb blend such as Italian, rosemary, or a masala mix. Dipping sauce if you like such as sweet chili or guacamole)
Sweet: (2 tbsp sugar/honey, 1 tsp vanilla, ½ tsp cinnamon. Granulated sugar to roll hot fritters in).
I’d LOVE to hear if you try these out! What other flavor combinations could you try? What about serving them with a side salad of fresh baby dandelion leaves? Finish the meal with dandelion tea or wine? The opportunities are endless!

Nutrition

Calories: 675kcal | Carbohydrates: 110g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 188mg | Sodium: 175mg | Potassium: 977mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 1275IU | Vitamin C: 9.2mg | Calcium: 505mg | Iron: 7.1mg