Monday, May 30, 2011
We like it best in salad. Our favorite salad is half mustard greens, half romaine, with some chopped mint, dressed with lemon and olive oil, and served with generous handfuls of kalamatas and feta cheese. I had been trying to get my daughter to eat salad for a while by making sweet or creamy dressings (that I imagined to be kid friendly) and she never liked it. But this salad she loves, and that makes me very happy. My younger daughter does not eat any green food, so I don't even offer her salad (I keep hoping she will grow out of her infernal fussiness, but there are no signs of that happening any time soon).
Mustard greens are nice cooked too. They are good simply sauteed and dressed with lemon and they are also great braised. Braised is probably more traditional and the flavour is definitely mellower.
Braised Mustard with Bacon
4-5 slices of bacon
1/2 onion chopped
2 bunches of mustard greens, stemmed, washed and chopped
1 cup chicken stock
Fry the bacon and remove from pan with slotted spoon. Chop the bacon and set aside. Saute the onion in the remaining bacon fat (remove some if it looks like too much). When the onion is soft, add the mustard greens. Let the mustard greens sizzle with the onions for a couple of minutes and then add the chicken stock. After you add the stock turn the flame down low and let the greens cook gently for twenty minutes. The greens should be tender and the liquid reduced. Add the chopped bacon back to the greens and serve.
If you have leftovers, this also makes a nice filing for omelettes.