Monday, April 11, 2011

Southern Style Turnip Greens

Mr. T's boss brought us a kitchen trash bag full of turnip greens.  I used some of them to make traditional southern style turnip greens.  This is one of the dishes I was raised on.  If you don't have turnip greens you can use collards, mustards, kale, or anything else.

Southern Style Collard Greens:
(Everyone in the South)

4 pieces of bacon, cut into 1-inch strips
3 cloves of garlic, chopped
1 tablespoon Olive Oil
2 turnip roots, cut into small cubes
1 large bunch of turnip greens, cleaned and sliced
1 tablespoon red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning

In a skillet on medium heat cook the bacon until it's cooked through but not crispy.  Add the garlic and turnip root pieces.  Saute until for 1 minute, making sure the garlic doesn't burn.

Add the greens in batches.  Once all of the greens have cooked down and fit in the skillet add the olive oil, red pepper flakes, and Old Bay seasoning.

Continue cooking the greens for an additional 15-20 minutes or until all of the vegetables are tender.  If the pot starts to get dry feel free to add some chicken stock or water.

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