Tuesday, April 17, 2012
a recipe for southern greens...napa farmhouse style
i serve these greens with a side of corn bread and call it dinner. for non-vegetarians, i sometimes quickly sauté fresh shrimp in garlic and red pepper flakes (i use our aglio, olio, peperoncino) and pile on top of the greens.
i told my good friend brooke about these greens. she is originally from arkansas and the look on her face was priceless when i told her it was a vegetarian version..."no fat back?" she cried. we agreed that the "real version" was delicious as a once-in a-while treat. the farmhouse recipe can be enjoyed much more often. aah, the spirit of compromise. enjoy the greens everyone!
southern greens, napa farmhouse style
1 lb vegetarian ground ground (i like yves brand) or ground turkey
1/2 white onion, chopped in large pieces
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 cups vegetable broth
1 cup sparking apple cider
1 tbsp honey mustard
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
14 oz southern greens (mix of collard, kale, mustard and turnip, whatever you like) torn into large pieces, tough center ribs discarded
large pinch aglio olio peperoncinio, or red pepper flakes
freshly ground black pepper
if using ground turkey, brown meat in large skillet, drain and place on plate for use later. wipe down skillet with a paper towel and add olive oil. heat over medium heat until oil shimmers, add onion. sauté until translucent. add the veggie ground round (or reserved turkey if using), the broth, apple cider, mustard and balsamic vinegar. stir to combine.
add 2 large handfuls of the greens to the skillet. stir until wilted. when you have room in the pan, add more greens and, again, stir until wilted. continue this process until all greens have been added to the pan. add the aglio or red pepper flakes and a large pinch each of the salt and pepper. stir. cover pan, reduce heat to low and cook for 45 minutes. taste and adjust seasonings. use a slotted spoon to spoon onto serving plates. serve immediately.
**note...be sure to keep the reserved juices...called "pot likker" in the south. this delicious liquid contains a number of essential nutrients. i always plan to make a big pot of beans the day after i make these greens and use the pot likker as part of the liquid needed. **
ok, southern green fans. that is my recipe. give it a try and let me know what you think. and feel free to post your favorite "fat back, salt pork, ham hock, bacon" version in the comments section. i don't think you can ever have too many recipes for southern greens...do you?
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