Stir-Fried Dandelion Greens Recipe

Jan 26, 2012 11:01 am

Mix those foraged leaves with duck fat and garlic

If you’ve cooked with duck fat before, you can jump into this simple stir-fried dandelion greens recipe with gusto because you’ve experienced duck fat as the culinary gem that it is. Its unctuous and rich flavor is worth going that little bit out of your way for. Believe it or not, it’s close to olive oil on the health meter. You can buy containers of duck fat at fine grocers, or you can buy a duck, render the trimmed fat, and have a lovely duck ready to roast another night. 

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Photo: esgee on Flickr
A forager's find of dandelion greens can be turned into a great side dish (with help from duck fat and garlic).
 

Reprinted with permission from The Wild Table by Connie Green

Servings: 4 servings

Ingredients

For the Greens
2 bunches dandelion greens (about 1 pound)
2 tablespoons rendered duck fat
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
12 cloves duck-fat-roasted garlic
For the Duck-Fat-Roasted Garlic
1 cup rendered duck fat
12 garlic cloves, tough stem ends removed
Directions: 

For the Duck-Fat-Roasted Garlic

  1. Place the duck fat and garlic in a small heavy-bottomed sauté pan over low heat. Slowly bring the mixture to a simmer. The garlic will burn quickly, so keep an eye on it. If it cooks too much, it will taste bitter and unpleasant. Cook until the garlic is just turning light golden brown. Turn off the  heat and let the garlic cool in the duck fat, about 30 minutes. The cloves will continue to brown as they sit in the fat.
  2. Remove the garlic cloves from the duck fat. Store the garlic and duck fat separately in the refrigerator in covered containers for up to 1 week. Let stand at room temperature about 1 hour before using.

For the Greens

  1. Trim the tough ends from the dandelion greens and discard. Wash the greens thoroughly and drain. 
  2. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Drop the greens into the boiling water and cook for 1 minute. Drain in a colander. When the greens are cool enough to handle, place them on a cutting board and cut into 2-inch ribbons.
  3. Heat the duck fat in a large sauté pan or cast- iron skillet over medium-high heat. When the fat is hot, add the greens, stirring to coat with the fat. Add the salt, pepper, and garlic cloves. Cook, stirring frequently, until the greens are just tender, 2 to 3 minutes.
  4. Serve immediately.
Level of Difficulty: 
Moderate
Prep Time: 
1 hour and 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 
50 minutes
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