Fiddlehead and Wild Asparagus California Pizza

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I recently discovered a monthly challenge group which could not have fallen any closer to my epicurean interests. The International Food Challenge group was created to explore the cuisines of the world, as well as the heritage of those country. A monthly host pics a part of the world and shares with us a few of the local recipes to make on our own.

For my first time participating we were assigned California Cuisine and I chose to go with the California Pizza suggestion with a Fiddlehead and Wild Asparagus California Pizza.

Fiddlehead and Wild Asparagus California Pizza

Our host this month for the California Cuisine is Joanne from Whats on the List. It is actually through Joanne, a wonderful fellow blogger friend,  that I found out about this group.

California cuisine can basically be explained with only two elements: fusion cuisine and local ingredients. One will notice a lot of attention put into presentation, as well as an abundance of produce, seafood and lean meats. The fusion aspect is greatly influenced by French, Italian, Mexican, Chinese and Japanese cuisine. Classic California dishes include Cobb ans Crab Louie salads, sourdough breads, California sushi rolls and the California Pizza. This dish is usually a single-serving pizza that combines New York and Italian thin crust, with fresh and original toppings rather than the traditional ones we know.

fiddleheads

I have been to California 4 times: 3 times to San Francisco (visiting a friend who lived there) and another time during a road trip were some stops included LA and San Diego. One trip on my bucket list is to drive down the whole Pacific Coast. Alas I do not recall having tried a California Pizza back then. I hunted for my photo albums and I was obviously still not a foodie because I had almost no food pics.

pizza toppings

Since a California Pizza consist of original toppings I went with one of Quebec’s current seasonal produce: fiddleheads. This vegetable is the furled fronds of a young fern and it is know for its curled shape which resembles the head of a violin. They are only available in late spring for a few weeks so it is best to buy a big bunch to blanch and freeze. I also used chopped stems from fresh garlic bulbs in lieu of onions,  wispy wild asparagus and my very own homemade Romano cheese. I did cheat on the crust: I am just not the biggest fan of pizza dough so I went with my fave: puff pastry.

To prepare fiddleheads one must cut off the brown bits, rinse well twice and boil or steam them very well. They are said to contain an unknown toxin that can cause some people to get sick. It is recommended that they should be boiled for 15 minutes or steamed for 10 minutes. That said, I have eaten fiddleheads my entire life and I have never gotten sick. I usually boil them for about 5 minutes, in my opinion more than that you kill the experience.

fiddlehead pizza

The International Food Challenge is a joint effort by Sara from Sara’s Yummy Bites and Shobana from Kitchen Secrets and Snippets. Check out their Facebook Group where the challenges are announed.

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Fiddlehead and Wild Asparagus California Pizza

Rating: 41

Yield: 1 serving

Fiddlehead and Wild Asparagus California Pizza

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 stem from a fresh garlic bulb, chopped
  • half a sheet of puff pastry, thawed
  • 1-2 cups Romano cheese grated
  • 9 fiddleheads, blanched
  • asparagus stalks (wild ones even better)
  • salt and pepper

Directions

  1. Heat the oil in a pan over medium heat and cook the garlic stalk until tender. Salt and pepper to taste.
  2. Place puff pastry sheet on a baking tray lined with parchment paper. Sprinkle the cheese on top. Place fiddleheads and asparagus decoratively. Top with garlic stalk.
  3. Bake in a preheated 400F the cheese has melted and the puff pastry is golden, about 20 minutes.
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Guest
1 year 1 month ago

what time is the dinner i am coming over for the delicious pizza.

Guest
1 year 1 month ago

Japanese people eat these! Especially used in traditional kaiseki dishes etc. How fun to see them in pizza! I guess these are not common elsewhere as a food. =P

Guest
1 year 1 month ago

I’ve never seen fiddleheads around here in Sydney. The pizza looks amazing and I so want to make this. I will have to substitute the fiddleheads though.

Guest
1 year 1 month ago

love the pattern created on the pizza!

Guest
1 year 2 months ago

What a wild pizza! If part of the challenge was presentation, you definitely nailed it! Not only is it just a beautiful pizza, we’re talking, healthy as well which is something that one can’t always say about pizza. Great job with the challenge!

Guest
1 year 2 months ago

Without knowing what fiddleheads were, my initial guess was that it was some form of seafood:)
I’ve never seen this vege. There is a seaweed that looks a bit like that.

Guest
1 year 2 months ago

Very cool! I love fiddlehead ferns AND asparagus.

Guest
1 year 2 months ago

Pretty pizza, very creative!

Guest
1 year 2 months ago

What a unique way to prepare fiddleheads! Love the aesthetic and I bet it tastes amazing too!

Guest
1 year 2 months ago

Fiddlehead is not an ingredient I’ve ever used but you sure make we want to rush out and get some. That pizza is beautiful!!!

Guest
1 year 2 months ago

fiddle head ferns look so beautiful….we only get them in hilly Indian terrains in the North…and have always thought how to cook with them….this recipe makes us so intrigued and excited to try it out…on our next trip…when we get to see these ferns…will be trying them out in pizza…thanks so much :-)

Guest
1 year 2 months ago

What a gorgeous pizza! I have heard all about these ferns, but never seen them in our markets. Doubling up the asparagus will have to do :)

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1 year 2 months ago

I am in Hawaii at the moments and I was just reading about fiddlehead ferns! We don’t tend to get them much in Australia but they do in New Zealand. I really like the taste of them :)

Guest
1 year 2 months ago

This is the first time I’ve seen a fiddle head look yummy. I loved your break down of California cuisine. While many of us have a vague notion what it means, your explanation provided great specifics.

Guest
1 year 2 months ago

I love these violin heads…have seen them, or similar, in woods around here. They make such fun statement on your fantastic pizza!

ela h.

Guest
1 year 2 months ago

G’day Evelyne! How gorgeous your California pizza looks for the International Food Challenge I hosted this month! I have not heard about fiddleheads for a while; and have not found them here!
Well done! Congrats! Cheers! Joanne

Guest

This sounds delicious and it sounds like a great group to join. I am checking out their fb page. Thanks Evelyne!!