July 6th, 2009
We just got back from vacation and our garden is teeming with greens. I love greens. Last year I planted kale and collards and I became hooked! What was really amazing about them was that they lasted from early summer until the next spring, when I pulled them up. I couldn’t believe that they survived the snow. Granted it wasn’t that much snow and our climate is very mild, but still!
This year I planted a different variety of kale and turnips — which have provided us with turnip greens. You can plant the greens from seeds or starts. I planted mine in April and plan to do another planting in early August or so for some more fall and winter greens. I’m pretty impressed with the turnip greens because I have picked them a few times and now I get to enjoy the turnips!
Now there are all sorts of ways to cook greens like these. Collards can be boiled for hours with ham hocks and tons of salt. Kale can be made into chips. Often times we like to sauté our greens and I would love to share with you how I do it. This recipe can be modified by adding or removing any number of savory spices and herbs. For example you can add curry powder for an Asian twist, or chili powder for a kick. I like to add a shredded carrot for a little sweetness.
Here’s what I do (2-4 large servings):
- 1 tablespoon of olive or canola oil
- 10-20 small leaves of fresh greens rolled and diced into small strips (I have used any of the above: Kale, collards, turnip greens)
- 1 large carrot, shredded
- 1 medium red or white onion diced
- fine sea salt
- fresh ground pepper
- 1 tablespoon of water
- Begin with a heavy-bottom pan over a medium heat, add the oil and onions and stir until light and aromatic
- Add the carrots and greens
- Stir everything all together occasionally to mix it up and get the greens cooked on all sides. The greens will shrink SIGNIFICANTLY so you can add more than you think to the pan.
- Add the water if you think it is too dry or to steam them a little more.
- Season with salt and pepper and any other seasoning you think might fit in with your other dishes that meal.
- Serve hot, they are not very good cold, in my opinion.
I hope you enjoy them!