It's that time of the year. You start thinking health and shedding a few pounds to fit into your new summer bikini. This does not mean to have to stop thinking good and tasty food and a perfect example of this is, Italian Wilted Greens with Parmesan.
Sad to say that most people are not too versed on mustard greens. This luscious leafy food is a wonderful source for many vitamins and minerals but even better is the fact it tastes good! To answer the most obvious question, no it does not taste like that yellow stuff called mustard. It has a slight peppery taste and as opposed to many of the other leafy vegetables, it has a nice crunchy texture (when properly prepared).
This is a very simple dish and loaded with flavor. It is a simple wilting of the mustard greens and some garlic. It is tossed with some extra virgin olive oil and then topped with some finely grated Parmesan cheese. Yes, something this easy can be downright delicious.
With grilling and barbecue season upon us, this is also a wonderful side dish for those spicy ribs and tangy barbecue chicken. It also makes for an outstanding and healthy patio brunch when served with a good crusty bread and a chilled glass of white wine.
This dish does call for seasoned breadcrumbs. You can waste money by buying these at the market, or you can save money and enjoy fresh taste by making your own and the recipe can be found here.
Ingredients needed for Italian Wilted Greens with Parmesan (serves2 as a side dish):
- 1/2 pound mustard greens
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 tsp. salt
- 2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
- 2 Tbs. extra virgin olive oil
- 1/4 cup seasoned breadcrumbs
- 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese , finely grated
- If your mustard greens have a tough stalk running through them, cut the stalk around the leaves and discard.
- Into a medium saute pan or skillet bring the water to a boil. Add the mustard greens and cook 5 minutes.
- Remove the mustard greens to a bowl of cold water (this will stop them from cooking).
- Remove the mustard greens from the cold water and squeeze them to remove any excess water.
- Toss the mustard greens with the olive oil and seasoned breadcrumbs
- Place the tossed green onto serving plates, top with some grated Parmesan cheese and serve.
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