Sunday, June 21, 2015

Foraging #2: Cream Of Nettle Soup With Fried Tri Color Potatoes And Smoked Salmon

Creamy light green Cream of Nettle Soup with Potatoes and Smoked Salmon

Foraging #2: Cream Of Nettle Soup With Fried Tri Color Potatoes And Smoked Salmon

1 Small Sweet Potato
1 Medium Russet Potato
1 Large Blue Potato (Regular or Sweet)
Onion powder
Salt and Fresh Ground Pepper
Olive oil

Preheat oven to 375oF

Peel and cut all the potatoes into even cubes. Place in a bowl and toss with some olive oil, salt, pepper and a half teaspoon onion powder.
Spread out on a cookie sheet and bake till cooked and lightly browned

 Start on the soup

3 T Butter
3 T Flour
1 minced Shallot
2 cups Chicken Broth
2 cups FF Half & Half
1/3 cup Heavy Cream
Salt & Fresh Ground Pepper

Melt the butter in a large heavy bottom pot, add the flour and shallot and fry about 2 minutes, then, while whisking, pour in the FF Half and Half and bring to the boil whisking continuously. When thoroughly combined add the broth and heavy cream and then add salt and pepper to taste...

Fresh and triple washed with Fit vegetable spray!

Wearing gloves, add
Enough Fresh Stinging Nettle leaves and tips (see below for pictures and foraging info) to fill 1/2 a produce bag.

Let cook about 5 minutes, then turn off the heat, and pour the soup into a blender or food processor and blend till smooth. Taste it, adjust seasonings and then pour into bowls, top with the potatoes and

1 Package Acme Smoked Salmon, cut into strips


Stinging Nettles are a wild vegetable, that grows in spring and are a SUPERFOOD. They are super nutritious, can be eaten cooked like spinach or used as a tea. Their flavor is mild. The only problem is you MUST harvest them wearing long gloves, cause they have an instant STING that hurts something awful, but is neutralized with cooking.

Here are pics of the wild nettles in my backyard...

Caution: Please do not FORAGE and eat anything that you have not verified as edible first by a certified plant expert. I am not responsible for YOUR stupidity.