Sunday, May 11, 2008

May 11: Happy Mother's Day!!!

Today we celebrate the Mothers in our lives.
Those caring women that wipe runny noses, kiss boo-boo's and comfort their crying children.

I was invited to a luncheon. My mission is to bring Greens.
Greens is a boiled leafy vegetable dish flavored with smoked meats. The leafs come from one or all of the following plants - collard, turnip or mustard.

My recipe is a hybrid of two recipes: Pot O'Greens by Alton Brown and the recipe on the back of the package.

The Fixins'
1/3 C Green Onions, chopped
2 Cloves Garlic, minced
1 Smoked Turkey Leg
1 t Sugar
1 Medium Onion, Chopped (about 1.5 C)
4 C Water
Black pepper (a few grinds)
Salt (about 1/2 t)
2 lbs Greens

As the package states, "Cut, Cleaned & Ready to Cook"
Packaged veggies are definitely a time saver.
I did soak and wash one bag to see how clean the greens were... No grit was found on the bottom of the cleaning tub. We're good to go!

First... sweat the onion, green onions and garlic in a little oil and salt. Sweating is not browning... sweating helps draw out the flavors from aromatics.

Added the 4 C water and the turkey leg to make a broth. Simmer about 10-15 minutes. The turkey leg was too big for the pot so I had to chop in half. Instead of a smoked turkey leg, you can use ham, ham hocks, ham bones.. etc. The smoke turkey leg gives a nice smokey flavor without being overly smoky or too salty which happens sometimes with a ham hock.

2 pounds of raw greens takes a lot of space. However, like spinach, leafy greens will cook down and wilt.

Cover and let simmer another 45 minutes.

The cooked greens

The Final Plate
My contribution was a small part of the whole meal.
Ham, Greens, Mac Salad, Potato Salad, Deviled Eggs, Cornbread and Baked Beans.
The food was great and the company was wonderful!

Can't forget Dessert:
Two pies from Marie Callender's.

Strawberry Cream Pie

Lemon Cream Pie

I actually have many more food photos, but not sure how many photos I can have per posting.

Click the image below to see the rest!

Happy Mother's Day!

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