Monday, February 9, 2009
Greens, greens, and more greens
The CSA box continues to have lots of great greens. This week included spinach (one that is very textured), chard, collard greens, and beets with nice greens. Last week (pictured) was spinach, collard greens, kale, chard, and beets. But we are getting through them.
Last week’s spinach and beet greens went into pasta, along with the Italian turkey sausage, onions, and red peppers. The chard was sauted (with garlic and red pepper flakes) and served with roasted chicken.
The kale (the whole head) was chopped and went into homemade chicken and noodle soup last Wednesday (using the bones from Sunday’s roasted chicken).
Week before last there were scrambled eggs with mushrooms and spinach (and cheese). We had not had my most favorite green, arugula, in a couple of weeks, but that I usually put into sandwiches or salads.
The plan for this week’s chard and beet greens will be to sauté with some garlic, then make a nest to bake some eggs in … I have seen this recipe in a couple of cookbooks, including one I got for Christmas: Olives and Oranges: Recipes and Flavor Secrets from Italy, Spain, Cyprus, and Beyond and Barbara Kingsolvers Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life (ok, not a real cookbook, but the recipes by her daughter were the best part of the book).
And tonight, I made the collard greens (both last weeks and this – we had company). I had never cooked these before, so why not try out on guests? The “traditional” way to cook is to simmer a LONG time (like an hour or more) with a large amount of smoked pork product. Since the main dish for tonight was an oven-braised pork shoulder, I figured that was enough pork. More research revealed that it was possible to cook like other greens – a quick sauté with onions / shallots / garlic / red pepper flakes and/or bacon. I choose to cook with just sliced red onion. Start by warming a bit of olive oil, cook the onions until they start to soften, then add shredded collard greens, sauté until dry, then add a bit of water and cook for about 5 minutes. I finished with a bit of sherry vinegar. They were good, a bit more chewy than spinach, but not bitter or too astringent.
Here is another (real) recipe for sautéed greens plus additional idea’s from one of my favorite food blogs, 101 Cookbooks. My eye doctor is quite pleased.