Winter Vegetable Side Dish

To serve 2-3 people as a side dish you will need:
Winter greens e.g. cabbage, spinach, kale, mustard and turnip greens
1 small leek
A couple of slices of bacon, cut up into 1cm size pieces (optional)
Olive oil, seasoning
Vinegar – from your favourite pickles, or balsamic, or white wine, or cider (optional)

1.  Heat a large pan and add the oil and bacon and the leek (thinly sliced) – fry gently until the bacon is cooked through and the leek is fragrant and just starting to caramelize
2.  Take a generous handful of any types of winter greens per person – you can use a mix of whatever is in the fridge or stick to just one, kale works really well – and add to the pan with a pinch of salt.  You can add other veg like broccoli or brussel sprouts to the mix – just cut it small enough so it will cook in 3-5 minutes
3.  Cover, and leave the greens to wilt, stirring occasionally (this will take a few minutes)
4.  When all the water from the greens has evaporated simply pour over some vinegar (if using), give it a quick toss and serve
If you’re vegetarian and/or don’t want to use bacon you can use butternut squash as a colourful substitute and sprinkle some toasted pine nuts or chopped hazelnuts over the dish when you’re ready to serve.

  • Abi
  • 22 Jan 2013

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