Fun and Games with Dandelions

I came across this recipe for dandelion chips the other day – kind of like kale chips but made with dandelion greens. I like kale chips, so I decided to try it. I pretty much followed the instructions as given, except I ignored the part about spreading the leaves in a single layer. I just piled them all on the baking sheet.

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I drizzled the leaves with olive oil and sprinkled them with a little salt, then stuck them in a 350-degree oven until crisp. That took about 12 minutes.

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You can see that there’s quite a bit of shrinkage involved. Nevertheless, they turned out pretty good, slightly bitter, but I like that.

Then, I wanted to try something with dandelion flowers since the dandelions are blooming now. There are a lot of recipes around for dandelion bread and cookies and muffins, so I thought baking something would be a good idea. I decided on biscuits.

I collected a large handful of dandelion flowers and removed the yellow petals from the calyx.

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I added half a cup of the petals to a batch of biscuit dough, between the steps of cutting in the butter and adding the milk. I used a biscuit recipe from an old edition of the Joy of Cooking, but you can use any biscuit recipe you like if you want to try this.

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The dandelion biscuits came out looking like ordinary biscuits, and they pretty much tasted that way too, with perhaps just a faint reminiscence of a dandelion taste. An interesting experiment, but I think I’ll be looking for something more interesting to do with dandelion flowers. Baking doesn’t seem to bring out their best features.

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