Simple steamed wood nettles with your choice of fat. Serves 4.
Course: Side Dish
Keyword: Leaf Greens, nettles
Steamer basket and appropriately sized tall sided pot, like a small pasta pot
8ozfresh wood nettle shootswashed and dried if needed
1/4cupacorn oilbutter, or your favorite oil
Kosher saltor flaky finishing salt like maldon, to taste
Put a few inches of water in the bottom of the pot, then turn the heat to high, bring to a boil, then add the steamer basket, wood nettle shoots, and cover the pot. Turn the heat to medium high and set a timer for 5 minutes.
After five minutes, taste a shoot.
The shoots should be bright green and tender, but still have a bit of life to them--don't cook them to mush.
Allow guests to serve themselves from the pot so the shoots hold their heat. Pass the salt and oil at the table.