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Good-Luck Greens

They may be lucky symbols of folding money on New Year’s, but greens—collard, turnip, mustard, beet and more—are a year-round staple in Southern cooking. Escarole, the least bitter member of the chicory family, turns sweet when cooked.

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They may be lucky symbols of folding money on New Year’s, but greens—collard, turnip, mustard, beet and more—are a year-round staple in Southern cooking. Escarole, the least bitter member of the chicory family, turns sweet when cooked.

Servings
SERVING

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbs. olive oil
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, diced (1 cup)
  • 1 small jalapeño pepper, stemmed, seeded, and minced
  • 1 medium head escarole (3/4 lb.), leaves rinsed and chopped
  • 1 medium head kale (3/4 lb.), leaves rinsed and chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced (2 tsp.)

Preparation

  1. Heat oil in large, deep skillet over medium-high heat. Add bell pepper and jalapeño, and cook, stirring often, 5 minutes, or until softened. Add escarole, kale and garlic, and cook, tossing often, over medium heat until wilted, about 4 minutes.
  2. Add 1/2 cup water, and cook 5 to 10 minutes, or until almost dry. Stir in another 1/2 cup water, and cook 5 to 10 minutes, or until almost dry. Add another 1/2 cup water, and simmer 5 minutes more. (Greens should be tender and moist, but not soupy. If not tender, cook a bit longer in a little more liquid.) Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve hot.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size Serves 6
  • Calories 74
  • Carbohydrate Content 7 g
  • Cholesterol Content 0 mg
  • Fat Content 5 g
  • Fiber Content 3 g
  • Protein Content 2 g
  • Saturated Fat Content 5 g
  • Sodium Content 122 mg
  • Sugar Content 1 g
  • Trans Fat Content 0 g
  • Unsaturated Fat Content 0 g