Greens recipes, please!
September 28, 2010 6:40 PM Subscribe
Fellow mefites, I need your recipes for greens! My freezer overfloweth, as do the fields.
posted by KathrynT to food & drink (32 answers total) 35 users marked this as a favorite
As is my custom, I signed up with a CSA this year. This particular CSA includes a number of U-pick options if you go to the actual farm to pick up your share, and it's only 15 minutes or so from my house, so I always do. One of the U-pick options is cooking greens; the stated allowed amounts for these is "roughly a bunch that you can hold in both hands, every week."
Well, up here in Seattle, it was a great year for greens. (Terrible year for corn, mind you, but a GREAT year for greens.) The double-handful rule fast turned into a market-basket-full rule, and then into an armload rule, and now they are basically telling people to cut as much as they want. Last week I cut an entire laundry basket full of chard and kale, and they thanked me as I left. Some of them I eat fresh, some of them I rough-chop and freeze raw, some of them I steam and then freeze.
I have probably two or three months' worth of greens stored in the freezer right now, depending on how often I eat them; I would like to eat them frequently, because first of all hey, free food! But also, dark green leafy vegetables are really good for you, I like the way I feel when I eat lots of them, plus I couldn't get a lot more local without growing them myself.
Here's the problem: I have eight, maybe a dozen recipes that involve cooked greens in quantity. They are all delicious, but I am suspecting that I will need more variety if I'm going to be eating these all winter long. This is where I need you! What fabulous thing do you make with dark green leafy vegetables? I have access to rainbow chard, collards, mustard greens, SEVERAL kinds of kale, and something called "Vita-Green," which I think is a cross between collards and bok choy. The share ends in mid-November, but I can keep going back to the fields to cut more until the rains rot them out, which last year was in mid-January for the Siberian kale. So recipes that involve fresh greens are also welcome, though the majority of my greens will be frozen either raw or cooked.
Thank you in advance!