Thursday, March 20, 2014

Stir Fried Collard Greens and Chard

Collard greens are usually slowly braised in broth to soften its thick leaves to a fork tender texture.  In this stir-fry recipe the same soft texture is achieved through a quick stir-fry.  The collard greens are paired with Swiss chard and flavored with garlic and lemon.  Dried Chiles de Arbol are added to give the dish a spicy kick. 

A great vegetarian side dish to any meal.

Servings: 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes


2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
3 Garlic Cloves sliced
1 Bunch Collard Greens stems removed and leaves torn
1 Bunch Swiss Chard stems removed and leaves torn
1/2 Teaspoon Lemon Zest
2 Teaspoons Lemon Juice
4 Dried Chiles de Arbol crumbled

In a large skillet place the olive oil over high heat. When the oil is hot and shimmering toss in the garlic and stir-fry until fragrant (about 30 seconds). In small batches add the collard greens and chard to the pan.  Stir-fry until wilted before adding the next batch of greens.  Continue adding batches of collard and chard to wilt until all the greens are in the pan.  Continue to stir-fry the greens until the collard greens are soft (about 7-8 minutes).  Add the lemon zest, lemon juice and dried chiles de Arbol to the skillet. Stir-fry until the leaves are well coated.  Season with salt and pepper.  Remove from heat and transfer to a plate to serve.  Enjoy.

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