Spring is here in Tennessee, or has been here I should say, and every time I walk out onto the porch and look over the yard I see the bright, happy faces of spring dandelions looking back at me. And you know what? All I want to do is eat them.
Yes, you heard that right. I want to eat them.
I keep telling myself that today’s the day to collect the flower heads and make some dandelion fritters, but for one reason or another, I don’t seem to get around to it. However, time’s a wastin’ so today the boys and I headed outside to collect these wild, little flowers so we could whip up a quick batch of honey-battered dandelion fritters.
I hope you enjoying seeing these photos and reading about our adventure today. Be sure to save the recipe below and try it out if you have dandelions growing in your yard.
First thing’s first. Find a field of dandelions off the beaten path, far from cars and weed killer, and pick the small flowers until you have a good amount. Your hands should be covered in yellow pollen!
Caution: Be careful using herbs covered in pollen if you or your child have serious allergies.
Don’t forget to stop and make plenty of wishes with the older dandelions!
Once you have enough flower tops, head inside to make some honey-sweetened batter. It’s similar to pancake batter without the leavening agents.
All you need is white whole wheat flour (gluten-free baking blends and other flours work well too), milk, egg, and honey! You want a batter that’s thick enough to stick to your flowers, but not so thick that it’s hard to completely cover them.
Next up, melt some butter in a cast iron skillet, dip those dandies, and fry away until they’re a nice golden brown on the bottom. Once they’re ready, flip them over and press them down with the back of a spatula.
Lastly, divide this nutritious wild food up among yourself and your littles and enjoy a fun snack with them in the middle of the day. You won’t regret it![yumprint-recipe id=’34’]