Hearty Garlic Greens
Hearty Garlic Greens (great for all phases)
1 1/2 pounds autumn hearty greens, well washed, stems removed, and sliced into 3-inch strips
3 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
8 cloves garlic, sliced paper-thin
1 pound spinach
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Drop hearty greens into water and blanch for 4 minutes. Immediately plunge blanched greens into a bowl of ice-cold water to stop the cooking. Drain, squeeze dry, and set aside. In a large pan over medium heat, add olive oil and sliced garlic. Cook until brown, do not burn, remove garlic from pan Raise heat to high. Add hearty greens and cook for an additional 5 minutes. Add spinach; season with salt and red pepper flakes to taste. Cook until spinach wilts, stirring frequently (about a minute). Return garlic to pan and stir. The greens can be served immediately or at room temperature.