Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Dutch Oven Dandelion Delicacies part 2

Flower Fritters

It might be interesting to know that the name “Dandelion” actually comes from an aglicization of the french “dent-de-lion”, meaning "lion's tooth".

Or not...
In my last blog entry, I talked about making the greens.  Here, I’ll instruct on another fascinating dish, the Dandelion Flower Fritters.  I made them alongside the greens, and served them together.  They don’t have to be done together, obviously.  And, in a blog, it’s easier to break them into two separate recipes, separate entries.

I’ll refer you back to that entry to learn about how to harvest the dandelions.

Dandelion Fritters

10” Dutch oven
14-16 coals below

4 tablespoons veggie oil
1 cup milk
2 Tbsp sugar
1 egg
1 cup flour + extra to get the right consistency

20-30 dandelion flower heads

Pancake Syrup or powdered sugar

So, to do the fritters, I put the oil in the 10” Dutch oven, and put it on the hot coals.  While that was heating up, I mixed the batter. I just put all of that set of ingredients in a bowl and whisked it up.  I mixed it to be a little thicker than my typical pancake batter, which is usually pretty runny.

Once the batter was mixed and the Dutch oven and oil hot, I was ready.  I picked up a flower by the green bud underneath, turned it over, and dunked it into the batter.  Then I dropped it, sizzling, onto the oven bottom.  There was a lot of room, so I just did a lot of them.  I just let them cook until the batter was done, then pulled them off, replacing them with more battered buds.  It’s really pretty simple.

When it was all done, I plated them alongside the greens, and drizzled them with some pancake syrup.  Another suggestion that I’d read about was to sprinkle them with powdered sugar, or even to dip them into ketchup or mustard.

The gentle sweet of the batter, and the syrup helped temper some of that bitter tang that came from the bud.  The petals had a real lightness to them.  It was a very unique taste overall.  If it’s an acquired taste, I acquired it pretty quickly!

Mark has discovered a love of Dutch Oven Cooking. Mark also has other sites and blogs, including and his MoBoy blog.


  1. Hi! Just found this site and have been looking through the recipes all afternoon -- wow! I was wondering, though, about how many most of them serve? Are they for about 4 servings each? I'm going to be cooking with a dutch oven for a month, but it'll be for nine people. Do you think it would work to do the recipes times two-and-a-half and cooking them in a 14" oven? Thanks!

  2. Hey, thanks for visiting! Most 12" recipes can usually serve about 6-8, depending on how much each person eats. If it's a soup, stew, or chili, it can often serve more. In our family, we have 4, and plenty of leftovers for lunches.

    Depending on what you're cooking, a deep 12" or a 14" could work.


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