Stinging nettle and broad bean dip

by Katinka on September 12, 2014

nettlepesto2 Stinging nettle and broad bean dipYears ago when visiting my Swedish grandfather in Öland, an island east of the Swedish mainland, I vividly remember walking through the forest and being horribly stung by nettles. Ever since, I have done my best to stay as far away from them as I can. Until now…

I keep seeing nettles popping up as in season at the moment and so intrigued, I looked into it more and found out the leaves can be used like any herb in a variety of dishes. My boyfriend laughed at me not only for the fact that I paid $4 for a weed that (supposedly) grows everywhere but also for the fact that I stung myself all over my hands while preparing this dish. PLEASE NOTE: stinging nettles can still sting you once picked – they are sneakily dangerous.

Because I was slightly weary of just making a pesto purely out of nettles, I bought some beautiful broad beans and mixed them in with the nettle, making a very flavoursome and different pesto which can be used as a dip or mixed with pasta. If you do see nettles growing around (which they apparently do), I would definitely recommend picking some (with gloves) and trying something new!

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Nettle and broad bean dip

Ingredients
1 handful of nettle leaves, chopped
1 cup of blanched broad beans*
¼ cup parmesan
¼ cup olive oil
Salt and pepper to season

Method
Wash the nettle leaves and dry with a paper towel. Place all ingredients in a food processor and blend until you reach desired consistency.

*If you are buying whole broad beans, open the pods and take out all the beans inside. For maximum flavour, you need to take the second layer off the individual beans. To do this, blanch them in boiling water for 3 minutes. Cool in cold water then with your hands take the outer layer off so that you end up with a vibrant looking green bean.

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