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Beet Greens and Bacon

Beet Greens with Bacon

Beet Greens with Bacon

This is such a simple, basic recipe it seems almost silly to post. But really, when I search for recipes to see how other people handle a food such as beet greens, I want to read even the simple ways. I will probably tweak the recipe when I make it myself, and I assume you will tweak my recipes.  It’s in our natures.  I have no problem with that!

My P.S. brought home two big bunches of beets, stems and leaves included. I was happy; I love the greens as much as the beet itself. It is excellent stir fried with a little bacon grease or some diced bacon itself. A fast and almost fun vegetable to cook for dinner, it of course has lots of good nutrition as well.

Beets + Greens = Happiness!

Beets + Greens = Happiness!

I cut the stems and their leaves off of the beets and stored the beets in the fridge for later.  I trimmed up the stems, removing the more ragged leaves and discarding them.  Once I had the fresh stems and leaves all trimmed up I washed them well, emptying and refilling the water several times in the large bowl I was using.

Cleaned and chopped greens and stems

Cleaned and chopped greens and stems

Finally I spun the stems and leaves in my salad spinner to remove most of the water.  I stored them in zippered plastic bags with a couple of folded paper towels to absorb the extra moisture.  I do that with most of my vegetables so that they last longer.  These beet greens were only going to be stored for a day or two.  I was eager to chow down on them!

It was actually the same day when I was able to make the beet greens as a side dish for dinner.  I’d made lasagna zucchini sliders for dinner and wanted a tasty side dish.  Garden salads were a given, it’s that time of year.  The beet greens would be the bonus vegetable.  With bacon.

Fry bacon until browned

Fry bacon until browned

I diced some thick cut bacon finely and sautéed it in a large skillet until it was browned.

I stirred in a teaspoon of minced garlic and let it cook for about a minute then added the greens and some of the stem pieces.

Add greens and let wilt

Add greens and let wilt

I let the greens wilt a minute or two then added the pepper flakes along with some salt and pepper.  I stir fried them until the stems had lost their crunch.  I taste tested to make sure they were tender.

Add red pepper flakes, salt and pepper to taste

Add red pepper flakes, salt and pepper to taste

I turned off the heat and let the greens sit for a minute or two while I served up the rest of the dinner.

Beet Greens and Bacon

Beet Greens and Bacon

The greens were SO good!  They’re a rare treat in a very short growing season here up North.  They are very similar in taste to Swiss chard, but more colorful.  I like the little hit of heat from the pepper flakes to round out the salty goodness of the bacon.  The crisp bacon pieces add a nice crunch of texture as well.

Beet Greens and Bacon

Beet Greens and Bacon

We need to hit up a few more farmers markets and repeat the treat more often!

Beet Greens and Bacon

2 strips thick cut bacon; finely diced
1 teaspoon garlic; minced
4 cups beet greens and stems; cut about 2” long
large pinch red pepper flakes
Salt and pepper to taste

Fry the bacon in a nonstick skillet over medium high heat until browned. Add garlic and fry for 30 seconds, stirring well.

Add greens and stems and fry for 3-4 minutes until stems are tender.  Add pepper flakes, stir well, and salt and pepper to taste.

Serve warm.

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