Layin’ Down Some Silverbeets.

26 Jun

My homie and I had been craving some good ol’ green leafy goodness. We normally choose bok choy as our nutrient-rich green of choice but hectic uni schedules meant we were unable to get to Paddy’s Markets in Sydney to pick some up.

So instead we found some silverbeet in our local hood, on special and with the leaves conveniently cut from the stalk – saving dollarz and time.

Initially I’d been apprehensive about getting the silverbeet, aka chard or Swiss chard, due to not really knowing what to do with it. I knew it was much like spinach and could probably be used in the same way – in a cheese and spinach pie, in cannelloni, sauteed, and so on and so forth. I remembered one recipe that combined the silverbeet with bacon but I wasn’t really sure how. My own recipe books didn’t provide much inspiration in the way of cooking it so I decided to wing it with whatever we had in the crib.

The end result was pretty fly, if I say so myself. Don’t be fooled into thinking it’ll taste too much like your momma’s vegetables that you saved so hard and for so long to move away from. With the right ingredients, even a brussels sprout can taste like the shiz. Word.

Silverbeet with bacon.

Sauteed Silverbeet with Bacon

Serves 2

1 tsp olive oil

125g diced bacon

1 small brown onion, finely chopped

2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

350g silverbeet, washed and chopped

pepper

lemon juice, to serve

1. Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat.

2. Add the bacon and fry until the edges are browned. The oil from the bacon should be enough to fry off the onion and garlic.

3. Add the onion and garlic and fry until soft.

4. Add the silverbeet, stir to coat it with the other ingredients and cover with a lid.

5. Leave to cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. If the pan is too dry, add a bit of water.

6. Season with pepper (the bacon should add enough saltiness, but if not, add some salt).

7. When the silverbeet is cooked through, remove from heat and serve with freshly squeezed lemon juice.

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