This unusual–but very tasty and super nutritious–dish makes a nice light supper, or breakfast or lunch, especially if you play around with some of the options in the notes below.
Sauteed Beet Greens composed with Toasted Walnuts, Bacon Bits, & Chopped Egg
- 1-2 slices bacon
Cook Bacon Lay bacon in a medium-sized, heavy bottomed skillet, turn heat to medium and cook until bacon is browned on both sides. Remove to a cutting board, gently shaking off excess fat into pan, and cut into ½” dice. Reserve.
- 1 med. onion, diced to ¼”
- 1-2 tsp. freshly grated, loosely packed ginger, to taste
Saute Onion and Ginger Pour off all but 1 Tbsp. bacon fat (reserving excess in a jar for another use), then reheat over medium heat until fairly hot but not smoking. Add onion and saute about 5-7 minutes until lightly browned, stirring occasionally. Add ginger and continue cooking and stirring occasionally, just 1-2 more minutes.
- 4 cups loosely packed beet greens, chopped into roughly 1-2” squares
- Sea salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
Saute Beet Greens Stir beet greens into onions along with any water clinging to leaves from washing. Cook over medium heat until wilted and tender, stirring occasionally, about 5-8 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
- 2 large eggs, softly hard-boiled, diced to roughly ½”
- ¼ cup walnut pieces, toasted
Compose Dish Arrange beet greens in the bottom of a wide bottomed bowl. Arrange walnuts in a ring around the outside of greens and eggs in a ring nearer the middle. Sprinkle with bacon bits. Serve immediately. Serves 2
- Instead of using hard-boiled eggs, hollow out two “nests” in the sauteed beet greens while they are still in the pan. Crack an egg into each nest, reduce heat to low, cover and cook until egg sets. For this version, which is very nice for breakfast, you may prefer to nix the walnuts.
- For a savory dish, substitute Herbes de Provence (or Savory Spices’ Cantanzaro Herbs) for the ginger. Substitute crumbled goat chevre for the eggs.
- Make this dish vegetarian by using vegetarian bacon, but add 1 Tbsp. safflower oil to saute the onion. The same goes if using turkey bacon instead of pork.