Dandelion Blossoms

Dandelion Blossoms can be batter-dipped and deep-fried. They taste a lot like mushrooms when prepared in this fashion and are a delightful treat.

Ingredients

  • 30 dandelion blossoms (pick blossoms that are open but fairly young)
  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1 cup whole milk
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  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 eggs
  • Deep fryer half filled with vegetable oil

Directions

Combine flour and whole milk. Mix thoroughly. Whip eggs in a separate bowl and then stir into flour mixture. Add salt, pepper and garlic powder. Mix thoroughly. Add a little more milk if batter is too thick.

Heat oil in deep fryer to 325 degrees F. Roll blossoms into batter and drop into deep fryer. Fry 5-7 minutes or until golden brown. Blossoms will float to the surface when done. Place on a paper towel to drain. These taste best when eaten hot.

Source: Found in "Soul Food Recipes" by Willie Crawford

I haven't tried this. No dandelion blossoms here in FL, that I know about.

By Mary in FL from Cocoa, FL

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