Any combination of hearty autumn greens will work well in this recipe; try Swiss chard, Tuscan kale, and mustard greens.

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Kirsten Strecker

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
total:
30 mins
Servings:
8
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Drop hearty greens into water and blanch for 4 minutes. Immediately plunge blanched greens into a bowl of ice-cold water to stop the cooking. Drain, squeeze dry, and set aside.

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  • Heat oil and garlic in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Cook until the garlic is golden around the edges, 8 to 10 minutes. With a slotted spoon, remove garlic from skillet; set aside.

  • Raise heat to high. Add hearty greens and cook for an additional 5 minutes. Add spinach; season with salt and red pepper flakes to taste. Cook until spinach wilts, stirring frequently (about a minute). Return garlic to pan and stir. The greens can be served immediately or at room temperature.

Cook's Notes

Blanching does not actually cook the greens but softens their texture, while shocking them in cold water keeps their color strong and vibrant.

Reviews (2)

27 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 9
  • 4 star values: 8
  • 3 star values: 8
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: Unrated
09/02/2012
This is a great side that still works even if you don't have all the various greens. I made it with only green kale and spinach. Still wonderful and since I was the only one eating it - it made just enough. I'll see how it fares as a leftover today. Remember that greens really cook down and do not yield very much finished produce - so get way more that you think you will need.
Rating: Unrated
09/02/2012
This is a great side that still works even if you don't have all the various greens. I made it with only green kale and spinach. Still wonderful and since I was the only one eating it - it made just enough. I'll see how it fares as a leftover today. Remember that greens really cook down and do not yield very much finished produce - so get way more that you think you will need.