I’m not sure if y’all knew it, but I used to teach outdoor education at Lutheran Memorial Camp. I learned so much when I worked there and have definitely instilled the camp counselor in me into parenting. I always loved the Wild Edibles classes we would teach. Try these fun recipes and ideas with your little helpers!
First, have all the little fingers in your house outside with pails picking the dandelions (be sure your harvest is not treated with chemicals). This is a great way to keep little hands busy and let them be a big part of the project!
Next wash them very well. Let them dry a bit and then proceed to pick the petals off and get rid of the sepals.
Below are 3 of my favorite Dandelion Recipes for you to try.
Norm’s Dandy Burgers
1 c packed dandelion blossoms (bottom milky section trimmed off)
½ t salt
1/3 c w/w flour
1/8 t pepper
½ t garlic
¼ t basil
½ t oregano
¼ c chopped onion
¼ c chopped green pepper
¼ c soy flour
½ c milk
Mix to make stiff batter. Make ½” thick patties, golf ball size. Fry till crisp.
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I simply follow the directions for 2 boxes of Jiffy cornbread mix, add 1 cup of dandelion petals and drizzle honey on top of cooked cornbread. Ok, it's not really a recipe- just a great twist on an already perfect convenience.
Dandelion Blossom Bread
2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
1 cup dandelion blossoms, all green sepals and leaves removed
¼ cup oil
4 T honey
1 ½ cups milk
Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl, including petals making sure to separate clumps of petals. In separate bowl, mix together milk, honey, oil and beaten egg. Add liquid to dry mix. Batter should be fairly wet and lumpy. Pour into bread tin. Bake at 400 degrees for 40-50 minutes. Test for doneness.
Have a great time and enjoy something unique with the young ones in your life!