Friday, March 25, 2011

Cooking Up Some Dandelion Greens ....................

I'm linking up with " Farm Friend Friday " , click the button on my sidebar to learn more about this event hosted by " Verde Farm ".

I love this time of the year when the dandelions start rearing their beautiful little heads , but before they blossom .............................

grab a basket and head outside to gather some of the green leaves. If you gather the younger leaves they will be less bitter , dandelions tend to get more bitter after they bloom , but they're still edible. Be sure you identify and gather dandelion leaves only.

I always wash my greens 3 times or until they're clean and I don't see any dirt or trashy bits in the water.


~ Double Dandy Dandelion Greens ~



Dandelion Leaves ~ 1 lb

2 or 3 Garlic cloves

1 or 2 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil

6 Dandelion Blossoms

I like to cook my greens in a cast iron frying pan , fill the frying pan about halfway with water and add your greens. Bring water to a boil and reduce heat , let greens cook for about 10 minutes . Remove from heat and strain greens , let pan cool for a few minutes , dry the pan , add your extra virgin olive oil and minced garlic to pan , cook on low heat until garlic starts to get clear , add greens back to pan. Stir to coat greens with oil and garlic , heat thoroughly. Remove from heat and I like to chop the greens with a hand held chopper while they're still in the pan. Place on plate , sprinkle with dandelion blossom petals. Serve with boiled eggs and cornbread , be sure to add a few dandelion blossom petals to your cornbread batter and a dash of vinegar over your greens. Enjoy !!


Hope everyone has a Wonderful Weekend !



~ Farm Friend Blessings ~
JoyceAnn

8 comments:

Marie S said...

Cool, thank you for this, now I will be able to feel the whole neighborhood!!
Have a great weekend.

Lib said...

I'll bake a pan of cornbread and be right there. lol Sounds yummy!
Have agreat wk.end.
Blessins',Lib

Verde Farm said...

Hi Joyce Ann, I’ve always heard they were edible but I’ve never had them. I do love greens so I bet we would enjoy them. I usually have a nice full garden of dandelions so I shouldn’t have trouble finding some to cook up :) Thanks for sharing with FFF!

edenhills said...

I always wondered how people fixed dandelion greens. I think I'm still more inclined to try making dandelion wine.

Teresa

ancient one said...

You really eat the blossoms,too? I had heard that you could eat the greens. Learn something new everyday!!

Alla said...

Sounds good! I love greens,so I'll have to try this as soon as my dandelions start growing and I have lots.

JoyceAnn said...

Hi Marie ~ You better get the whole neighborhood to help pick , you're going to need a bushel , they cook down to almost nothing (LOL).

Hi Lib ~ Come on over , the more , the merrier !!

Hi Amy ~ You'll either love them or hate them , most people are like that with greens.

Hi Teresa ~ I really want to try making dandelion wine this year too , I hear it's very good.

Hi Ancient One ~ Yes , the whole dandelion plant is edible. The blossoms are delicious battered , fried and dipped in honey or ranch dressing.

Hi Alla ~ If you like greens , you'll probably love them.

Buttons said...

This sounds very interesting our dandelions will not poke their leaves up for another month or more. I may try this. Thank you B