How to Make Delicious, Healthy Stinging Nettle Crisps

by Sarah - Craft Invaders

Today I am sharing my favourite stinging nettle recipe – Nettle Crisps. They are cheap and simple to make, delicious and incredibly healthy!

 

Today I am sharing my favourite stinging nettle recipe - Nettle Crisps. They are cheap and simple to make, delicious and incredibly healthy!

 

I have talked before about the substantial nutritional benefits of stinging nettles in some of our other nettle 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.

 

Today I am sharing my favourite stinging nettle recipe - Nettle Crisps. They are cheap and simple to make, delicious and incredibly healthy!

 

Homemade Vegetable chips are a brilliant alternative to shop bought snacks. They are cheap, easy to make, and super good for you. This nettle chip recipe can be easily adapted to use with other wild and homegrown greens. Wild garlic chips, in particular, make a tasty snack.

 

What you need to make Stinging Nettle Crisps:

  • A 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

 

How to make Nettle Crisps

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

 

Today I am sharing my favourite stinging nettle recipe - Nettle Crisps. They are cheap and simple to make, delicious and incredibly healthy!

 

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

 

Today I am sharing my favourite stinging nettle recipe - Nettle Crisps. They are cheap and simple to make, delicious and incredibly healthy!

 

Place the nettles 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).

 

Today I am sharing my favourite stinging nettle recipe - Nettle Crisps. They are cheap and simple to make, delicious and incredibly healthy!

 

Bake in a low oven at around 130C until they crisp up. How long the nettle crisps take will depend on how much moisture is in the leaves. The nettle crisps shown below took about 25 minutes, and I turned them over once during that time.

 

Today I am sharing my favourite stinging nettle recipe - Nettle Crisps. They are cheap and simple to make, delicious and incredibly healthy!

 

Pop the nettle chips in a bowl and tuck in. Nutritional yeast is a new ingredient for us but is widely available in health food stores. It has a nutty, almost cheesy flavour and is full of essential vitamins, so it is an excellent addition to your diet.

 

Today I am sharing my favourite stinging nettle recipe - Nettle Crisps. They are cheap and simple to make, delicious and incredibly healthy!

 

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. Crisps made from wild greens are best eaten on the day they are made as they tend to lose their crunch over time.

For more foraging inspiration, check out our other wild food recipes. And id you are after another nutritious recipe using a herb from the garden, why not try our Peppery Nasturtium Pesto.

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South Pacific College of Natural Medicine | Nourishing Nettle May 15, 2017 - 6:00 am

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Peggy May 14, 2017 - 11:38 pm

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

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Sarah - Craft Invaders May 16, 2017 - 2:35 pm

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

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FLORENCE @ VintageSouthernPicks May 14, 2017 - 9:19 pm

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!

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Sarah - Craft Invaders May 16, 2017 - 2:36 pm

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

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Rachael May 13, 2017 - 12:14 pm

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

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Saira May 12, 2017 - 8:28 pm

Lush! Thanks for sharing

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Sarah - Craft Invaders May 12, 2017 - 11:44 pm

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

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