Yield: Makes 6 servings.
- 2 pounds fiddlehead ferns
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 tablespoons minced shallots
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- salt and pepper, to taste
Blanch the cleaned, picked-over fiddleheads in a large pot of lightly salted water for about 1 minute. Drain and rinse under cold water. Heat the butter in a skillet and saute the garlic and shallots until aromatic but not browned. Add fiddleheads and saute another 1 to 2 minutes. Season with lemon juice and salt and pepper, and serve immediately.
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