by Robin Harford
Creamed nettles are one of my pet specialities. I’ve been eating this dish regularly for the last 3 years when I chanced upon the idea while staring at a rather nice gammon steak one Winters day. Now before anyone starts whining at me for posting a nettle recipe in June…
… and I can bet you a smack around the head with a smoked kipper some smart Alec will email me saying, “But Robin you shouldn’t be eating nettles at this time of the year, it says so in the books!”
To which I shall retort, often with a snort to really make the point,”Tosh, piffle and balderdash.” Learn how to forage oh great and utter fool.
So grab yer rubber gloves (if you’re a bit soft), and go find some tender nettles (NOT flowering or seeding). Then grab the rest of the ingredients, and be prepared to drool.
- 4 handfuls of nettles (chopped finely)
- 25g butter
- 25g plain flour
- 600ml milk
- 2tbsp crème fraîche
- 2tbsp natural yoghurt
- 2tbsp parmesan cheese (grated)
- ¼tsp nutmeg (freshly grated)
- salt and pepper to taste
- Melt butter in a saucepan on a medium heat.
- Stir in the flour and cook for 1 minute.
- Take the pan off the heat, and slowly add the milk stirring all the time. If you don’t you’ll end up with lumps, not a problem but everyone and their granny will know you’re a crap cook.
- Next stir in the nettles and return the pan to the heat and simmer stirring continuously for about 5 minutes until the sauce thickens up.
- Now add the crème fraîche, yoghurt, parmesan cheese, nutmeg, salt and pepper and stir them all in as well. Cook for another 1-2 minutes, then serve.
© Robin Harford
Robin runs wild food foraging courses & walks around Britain. Courses are run in Scotland, Devon, London, Oxfordshire, West Sussex, Yorkshire etc. – See more at: www.foragingcourses.com
For more of Robin’s wonderful foraging based recipes see: Eat Weeds – Wild food guide to the edible plants of Britain and beyond…