Friday, March 19, 2010

Turnip Greens with Country Ham

A Signature Dish. Recorded 4 July 2000; updated October, 2006 and January, 2009. Serves 4 generously. In this two-step recipe, first, a flavorsome stock is quickly prepared, and then, the greens are slowly cooked in this 'pot liquor'. Both greens and liquor are served together.
1 lb frozen chopped turnip greens + turnip pieces, or 1 lb fresh greens (turnip, kale, and/or mustard; collards) washed, drained, trimmed, cut into 2 inch pieces
1 c of water
3 T low-fat margarine
1 oz country ham trimmings, coarsely chopped
2 T dried minced onion
1/4 t crushed red pepper
1/2 t salt
1 T apple cider vinegar

1 t sugar
1/4 t ground black pepper
1/2 t mustard powder
Combine all ingredients except the greens in a covered 1-1/2 qt glass bowl. Microwave for 4 minutes on high, stirring once. Add the greens and stir. Microwave 2 minutes on high. Stir and microwave another 2 minutes. Stir and microwave for 30 minutes on 20% power, stirring half way through.
Stove top:
all ingredients except the greens in a large saucepan. Bring to a gentle boil and simmer 5 minutes. Add the greens, return to a gentle boil, turning a few times, for 5 minutes. Cover, reduce heat to a simmer for 30-35 minutes, stirring occasionally, until tender. Add water as needed.