Ground elder (Aegopodium podagraria) leaves are best picked when then are very young and have a shiny green to them, rather than the matt leaves that develop as the plant matures.
Ground elder of my favourite wild greens, its flavour only really comes out when it is cooked or marinated. This ground elder quiche recipe tastes awesome, even if it is reminiscent of 1970’s cuisine!
- 100g shallots (finely sliced)
- 100g blanched ground elder
- 3 eggs
- 150ml plain yoghurt
- 150ml whipping cream
- 50g grated cheese (your choice)
- salt and pepper
- Fry the onion until just translucent, then add in the ground elder leaves, stir and fry for a further minute.
- Whisk together the eggs, cheese, yoghurt, cream, nutmeg, salt & pepper.
- Heat oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6.
- Line a buttered 26cm quiche tin with pastry and pour in the filling.
- Bake for 30-35 minutes or until it has risen and golden brown.