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Monday, January 12, 2015

#ohthisisgonnabegood -Braised Mixed Greens with Tomatoes and White Beans

     Hold on to your seats,not only have I figured out hash tags ( shocker) I have also figured out how to use the Blogger app on my phone!

      The Blogger app helps in so many ways,namely if I'm out and about or even in my own kitchen and don't have time to sit down to write a blog post,I can still snap a picture of whatever deliciousness and share it with you. I. Am. Thrilled. 

  My second post while utilizing this technological breakthrough is an adaptation on a braised collard greens from my pal Martha Stewart. I had a hankering for a bowl of rich,comforting greens. We got a CSA share from the awesome folks over at Native Son Farm this past fall and the best greens were included each week. What a treat it was! The CSA program has taken a break for the winter but my need for greens was still there. I found a bag of mixed greens and went to work on my hankerin' .

   The original recipe called for a ham bone,but since I recently used the ham bone I had frozen on New Year's Day this year I was at a loss. HOLD UP! #ohthisisgonnabegood I found a package of diced prosciutto in the freezer,PERFECT! It added so much flavor to the greens,thank goodness for back-ups.

Braised Mixed Greens with Tomatoes and White Beans
adapted from my pal Martha Stewart

2 TBL evoo
2 TBL unsalted butter
(and if you are feeling extra cozy add in a little bacon fat too.)
1 medium onion,diced
3 garlic cloves,smashed and peeled
2 1/2 lbs mixed greens,stems removed and discarded,chopped into 2-in pieces (mixed greens examples-kale,collards,mustard greens)
coarse salt and pepper,to taste
1 28-ounce can whole peeled tomatoes,juice included
2 TBL tomato paste
2 c water
1 smoked ham hock ( or 1/2 c diced prosciutto)
2 cans white beans,rinsed and drained
1. In a large Dutch oven over high heat the evoo and butter. Add in the onion and garlic,sweat for 3-4 minutes. Brown the ham hock a little on all sides. Add in the tomatoes,tomato paste and water,stir to dissolve the tomato paste.
2.Add in the mixed greens,toss to wilt and let cook for 2 minutes.Bring to a boil then reduce heat to medium-low and let simmer for 2 1/2 hours.
3. Remove the ham hock,pull meat off the bone then return the meat and the beans to the pot.Season with salt and pepper. Enjoy!

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