Stinging nettles deserve their name - they have tiny little hair-like stingers on the leaves and stems that make touching them very unpleasant. But never fear, cooking removes the stingy stuff and leaves only the woodsy-tasting leaves behind. Just handle fresh nettles with gloves and all will be well.
1. Garlicky Nettle Pesto from Hogwash - Terrific tossed with a bowl of spaghetti or rubbed into spring lamb.
2. Spinach and Nettle Crustless Spanakopita from Stitch n' Boots - A strata of nettles and spinach made rich with eggs and feta. (Gluten-free!)
3. Spring Lasagna with Asparagus, Peas, and Stinging Nettles from The Bitten Word - All the best flavors of spring in this one.
4. Nettle Gnudi from Salty Seattle - These are a cousin of gnocchi made with ricotta and wilted nettles.
5. Nettle-Mushroom Pie with Pine Nuts from Voodoo & Sauce - An easy savory pie for dinner, lunch, or brunch.
6. Nettle Aloo from Just Cook It - A hearty Indian stew with nettles, sweet potatoes, and chickpeas.
7. Stinging Nettle Ravioli with Butter and Sage from La Travola Marche - Little pillows of nettle-stuffed goodness.
8. Nettle Pizza with Fontina, Taleggio, and Pancetta from Serious Eats: Slice - Actually a review of a pizza from Lovely's Fifty-Fifty restaurant, take this one as inspiration to make your own seasonal pizza!
How are you using nettles right now?
Related: Seasonal Recipe: Nettle Soup