I have a thing for turnip greens. Take me to Cracker Barrel–the mecca of all things greasy and southern and I will gladly order the beans and greens each time. Jeremy makes a sour face every time that I do it. Still, he keeps silent because I am not stinking up the house with a big mess of turnip greens.
I have developed an easy recipe for Vegetarian greens. To be honest, I am just skeeved out by ham hocks or salt pork and don’t want to try to cook with them at home. I came up with an alternative that is tasty and sweet/sour.
- 1 bunch turnip greens, washed thoroughly and tough stems removed. (Chop Coarsely)
- olive oil 1-2 tbs to coat pan
- clove of garlic (or two if you like it as much as I do)
- 1 chopped shallot
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 Tbs apple cider vinegar
- 2 Tbs sugar
- Salt and Pepper
- Coat pan with olive oil and heat on Medium setting
- Add garlic and shallot and saute 1-2 minutes until shallot is translucent
- Add greens and saute until wilted
- Add water and bring to a boil
- Cover and reduce heat to low. Simmer 15 minutes until greens are tender, adding more water as necessary to keep from drying out.
- Add apple cider vinegar and sugar and simmer 5 minutes until mixture appears syrupy
- Season to taste with salt and pepper and enjoy!
For the black eyed peas, I am lazy. I just open a can of vegetarian black eyed peas and drain/rinse. I then season with sauteed onions and garlic before adding the beans to a hot pan. Finish with some hot sauce and you have a great southern style meal that is super quick. Cornbread makes a great addition if you are serving a family meal–but if it’s just me I stop at the beans and greens.