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 Stinging Nettles in some of our other foraging recipes. These include our original Stinging Nettle, Apple and Pear Fruit Leather, Stinging 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 stinging nettles, alternatively simply snip with a pair of scissors straight into your collection container, to avoid having to handle them at all.
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.
What you Need for our Nettle Crisps:
- Bowl full of young nettle leaves
- 2 tablespoons oil of your choice
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- Freshly ground pepper
- 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
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!
Please share our recipe so others can enjoy it too.