Monday, September 12, 2011

Creamed Mustard Greens

In the south, our veggies are simple, inexpensive & so much fun to update.  So, here's what we created.  A simple yet elegant side dish that is my version of creamed spinach.  What's great about this side vs creamed spinach is, the texture of the mustard greens remains crunchy & holds up better when the liquid is added, than the spinach does.  Which lends to the feeling, that this is a much heartier & certainly healthier compliment to any southern meal.  

For those that might never had tasted mustard greens before, they are similar to arugula, in that they have a peppery background.  I love arugula so this was a natural transition for me.  Mustard greens are also packed full of vitamins & minerals so you can feel good about eating them.  Next we are doing a Pesto with them, can't wait.  This was a huge hit at our last family dinner so I am looking forward to you sharing it with your family too.  Enjoy!!

Ingredients:
1 (1lb) bag mustard greens (took a short cut, cutting up the leaves adds an extra step)
2 tablespoons duck fat or bacon grease
2 small garlic cloves, grated (or 1 large)
1/2 cup half & half (or whole milk)
2 oz cream cheese, cubed
1 cup monterey jack cheese
couple grates of nutmeg
dash cayenne (optional)
salt & pepper to taste (suggestion: 1 1/2 tsp salt & 1/2 tsp white pepper)

In a 5 1/2 qt dutch oven or similar, bring to boil, slightly salted water.  Add mustard greens & blanch for 2 minutes.  Drain & place in a water bath (bowl that is filled with ice & cold water), let them sit in the bath til cool, approximately 2-3 minutes.  Drain & pat dry (opt) most of the water will cook off in the skillet.  

Meanwhile, in a skillet, over medium heat, melt fat and add garlic, cook for 1 minute.  Add greens, half & half, both cheeses, nutmeg, cayenne (opt) & salt & pepper.   Stir everything together, til it begins to thicken.   


Makes about 6 servings

5 comments:

  1. I was already planning on making hot spinach dip this week, now I'm completely sold on your mustard green creation!

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  2. Who doesn't love mustard greens, and creaming them....ooooooooooohhhhhhhhhh!!! Bettttahhhhh! xooxxo

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  3. This is a great idea, and I'd never thought about using them that way before. This winter I'm totally going to make a gratin with rapini and grana padano!

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  4. OMG this looks sooooo delicious. I seriously need to make this immediately. thanks.
    Laura @ A Healthy Jalapeño

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  5. I have never tried mustard greens before. You make me want to consider it though!

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