While rummaging around in the refrigerator for something to eat for lunch, I came across a bunch in the bottom of my crisper drawer that I had intended to use for soup but got waylaid by chili instead. I also found an open packet of bacon, some garlic, and "voila," a recipe was born!
I was tempted to throw some goat cheese crumbles on the top (which I still think would be good) but instead enjoyed the dish plain. The wilted greens were tender but retained a slight chewy crunch. Couple that with bacon-y, smokey goodness and a hint of garlic - mmm...
This hearty, vitamin-rich side dish would be good with almost any roasted meat. Though, on its own, it made perfect winter's day lunch.
Wilted Beet Greens with Bacon and Garlic
Serves 2 to 4
2 bunches of beet greens (approximately 6 to 8 beets worth)
4 strips bacon
1 clove of garlic, crushed
2 tbsp chicken stock or water
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Strip the beet greens from the stems and discard. Tear the greens into bite-sized pieces. Wash in cold water and spin or pat dry.
Meanwhile, place bacon in a cold frying pan. Cook over medium heat until the bacon is crisp and the fat has been rendered. Remove bacon from the pan and drain on a paper towel.
Add crushed garlic to the bacon fat. Lightly brown the clove on each side, approximately 1 minute total.