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Stinging Nettle Crisps – A delicious, healthy snack.

My love affair with Nettles is showing no sign of abating. Today I am sharing my latest favourite way of eating them - as Nettle Crisps! I have talked before about the huge nutritional benefits of Nettles in some of our other foraging recipes. These include our original Stinging Nettle, Apple and Pear Fruit LeatherStinging Nettle Cordial and Stinging Nettle Liqueur. Nettles are one of the most abundant wild foods found here in the UK, as demonstrated perfectly by the photo below. Imagine being stuck in the middle of that! To avoid being stung, I do recommend you wear gloves when collecting nettles, alternatively simply snip with a pair of scissors straight into your collection container, to avoid having to handle them at all.

 

My love affair with Nettles is showing no sign of abating. Today I am sharing my latest favourite way of eating them - as Nettle Crisps!

 

This recipe was adapted from one by my lovely blogging friend Gina. As soon as I read her recipe for Spicy, Savoury Mixed Greens Chips I knew I had to try it with nettles. Do pop over and say hi to her, she shares some wonderful recipes among other things, and is on an amazing adventure to start her own homestead.

You Will Need:

  • Bowl full of young nettle leaves
  • 2 tablespoons oil of your choice (I used rapeseed)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast

Method

Wash and dry the nettles, stripping the leaves from any stem

 

My love affair with Nettles is showing no sign of abating. Today I am sharing my latest favourite way of eating them - as Nettle Crisps!

Combine the seasoning ingredients in a large bowl, and toss in your leaves so they get a good coating.

 

My love affair with Nettles is showing no sign of abating. Today I am sharing my latest favourite way of eating them - as Nettle Crisps!

Place on a baking sheet in a single layer. Note the leaves will still sting at this stage so take care and DON'T be tempted to try one yet! (Cooking the leaves will denature the sting).

 

My love affair with Nettles is showing no sign of abating. Today I am sharing my latest favourite way of eating them - as Nettle Crisps!

Bake in a low oven at around 130C until they crisp up. How long they take will depend how much moisture is in then. These ones took about 25 minutes, and I turned them over once during that time.

 

Pop them in a bowl and tuck in. The nutritional yeast is a new ingredient for us. It has a nutty, almost cheesy flavour and is full of essential vitamins, so is a great addition to your diet. These Nettle Crisps are truly moreish as well as being packed with nutrients, as proved by hubby who came home and demolished the entire bowl!

 

My love affair with Nettles is showing no sign of abating. Today I am sharing my latest favourite way of eating them - as Nettle Crisps!

Please share our recipe so others can enjoy it too.

 

My love affair with Nettles is showing no sign of abating. Today I am sharing my latest favourite way of eating them - as Nettle Crisps!

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17 Comments

  • Reply val

    Wonderful recipe…we totally fell in love with this snack….got plenty of nettle around here….yay, like you say, free food! thank you!

    May 22, 2017 at 6:47 pm
  • Reply Linda at Mixed Kreations

    I am so impressed Sarah with all the recipes you come up with using wild food, and would love to try some of these.
    That sure is a big field of stinging nettle! I haven’t ever seen one that big, or thick. I have always tried to stay away from the stinging nettle after getting stung when I was young. If I happen upon any and I’m feeling brave I will have to give this recipe a try.

    May 16, 2017 at 8:53 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      Once you get used to handling them Linda you’ll start to love them I promise – let me know if you take the plunge ( though please don’t do it literally!)

      June 8, 2017 at 8:28 am
  • Reply Babs

    I’m going to try these and bring them to the next farmers market! Was looking for just this sort of thing! Any idea about keeping long term?

    May 16, 2017 at 8:44 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      We haven’t tried to store them at all I’m afraid Babs, so I don’t know. Do let me know how you get on with them at the market 🙂

      May 16, 2017 at 9:29 pm
  • Reply Michelle

    These do look sooooooo good Sarah. It always amazes me how much food and goodness is just outside our front door. I’m so glad you’re out there sharing all your wonderful recipes, hopefully people will take note 😉

    P.S. I love Gina’s blog and the whole journey she’s on. She share so many heartfelt beautiful things

    May 16, 2017 at 4:22 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      Thanks, I love Gina’s blog too, it’s lovely thinking I have soulmates all over the world who I share these wonderful interests with 🙂

      June 8, 2017 at 8:27 am
  • Reply South Pacific College of Natural Medicine | Nourishing Nettle

    […] Nettle Crisps – A delicious, healthy snack. – Craft Invaders. (2017). Craft Invaders. https://craftinvaders.co.uk/stinging-nettle-crisps-a-delicious-healthy-snack/?utm_sq=ffj9syqkfx Weed, S. (2008). Energize and Enjoy with Nettle by Susun Weed. Susunweed.com. […]

    May 15, 2017 at 6:00 am
  • Reply Peggy

    I do this with kale, I love kale chips and I love nutritional yeast. It’s great on popcorn too 😉

    May 14, 2017 at 11:38 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      Oh great tip with the popcorn Peggy, I’ll definitely be trying that – thank you 🙂

      May 16, 2017 at 2:35 pm
  • Reply FLORENCE @ VintageSouthernPicks

    Wonder how the first brave person ever discovered that these were good to eat…LOL! I’ve been stung by a few before, so I steer clear, but this recipe looks GOOD! I might have to change my mind now!

    May 14, 2017 at 9:19 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      Perhaps they evolved their sting because we kept eating them Florence? If only we could go back in time and see 🙂

      May 16, 2017 at 2:36 pm
  • Reply Rachael

    Gina who? I’d like to look. I haven’t much clue how to look for her x

    May 13, 2017 at 12:14 pm
  • Reply Saira

    Lush! Thanks for sharing

    May 12, 2017 at 8:28 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      Thanks Saira, they really do taste good – It’s amazing how much free wild food there is out there 🙂

      May 12, 2017 at 11:44 pm

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