Fiddleheads Mushrooms Pancetta

Fiddleheads Mushrooms Pancetta

Fiddleheads Mushrooms Pancetta is a delicious and elegant dish that highlights the unique flavour of fiddlehead ferns, savoury mushrooms, and crispy pancetta. This recipe is a perfect way to enjoy the fleeting season of fiddlehead ferns, creating a dish that is both flavorful and visually appealing.

Fiddleheads Mushrooms Pancetta

Recipe by Subhajit KharaCourse: Food u0026amp; Recipes
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  • 500g fiddlehead ferns, washed and trimmed

  • 200g mushrooms (such as cremini or button), sliced

  • 100g pancetta, diced

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • Crushed red pepper flakes (optional)

  • Grated Parmesan cheese, for serving

  • Fresh parsley, chopped, for garnish (optional)


  • Prepare Fiddleheads: Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the trimmed fiddlehead ferns to the boiling water and cook for 5 minutes. Drain the fiddleheads and rinse them under cold water to stop the cooking process. Set aside.
  • Cook Pancetta: In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the diced pancetta to the skillet and cook until crispy, about 5-7 minutes. Remove the crispy pancetta from the skillet with a slotted spoon and set aside, leaving the rendered fat in the skillet.
  • In the meantime, you need to heat a small pan over medium heat. Then add pancetta and cook until it becomes Sauté Mushrooms: Add the sliced mushrooms to the skillet with the rendered pancetta fat. Cook the mushrooms until they are golden brown and any liquid released has evaporated, about 5-7 minutes.
  • Add Garlic and Fiddleheads: Add the minced garlic to the skillet with the mushrooms. Cook for another minute until the garlic is fragrant. Add the blanched fiddlehead ferns to the skillet with the mushrooms and garlic.
  • Season: Season the fiddleheads, mushrooms, and pancetta mixture with salt, pepper, and crushed red pepper flakes (if using). Stir to combine all the ingredients evenly.
  • Combine and Heat Through: Return the crispy pancetta to the skillet with the fiddleheads and mushrooms. Toss everything together gently and cook for another 2-3 minutes to heat through.
  • Serve: Transfer the Fiddleheads Mushrooms Pancetta to a serving platter. Sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese and chopped fresh parsley for garnish, if desired.
  • Enjoy: Serve this delightful dish hot as a side or appetizer, savoring the unique flavor combination of tender fiddlehead ferns, savory mushrooms, and crispy pancetta. It’s a perfect way to celebrate the spring season’s bounty!