Monday, September 12, 2011

Creamed Mustard Greens

In the south, our veggies are simple, inexpensive & so much fun to update.  So, here's what we created.  A simple yet elegant side dish that is my version of creamed spinach.  What's great about this side vs creamed spinach is, the texture of the mustard greens remains crunchy & holds up better when the liquid is added, than the spinach does.  Which lends to the feeling, that this is a much heartier & certainly healthier compliment to any southern meal.  

For those that might never had tasted mustard greens before, they are similar to arugula, in that they have a peppery background.  I love arugula so this was a natural transition for me.  Mustard greens are also packed full of vitamins & minerals so you can feel good about eating them.  Next we are doing a Pesto with them, can't wait.  This was a huge hit at our last family dinner so I am looking forward to you sharing it with your family too.  Enjoy!!

1 (1lb) bag mustard greens (took a short cut, cutting up the leaves adds an extra step)
2 tablespoons duck fat or bacon grease
2 small garlic cloves, grated (or 1 large)
1/2 cup half & half (or whole milk)
2 oz cream cheese, cubed
1 cup monterey jack cheese
couple grates of nutmeg
dash cayenne (optional)
salt & pepper to taste (suggestion: 1 1/2 tsp salt & 1/2 tsp white pepper)

In a 5 1/2 qt dutch oven or similar, bring to boil, slightly salted water.  Add mustard greens & blanch for 2 minutes.  Drain & place in a water bath (bowl that is filled with ice & cold water), let them sit in the bath til cool, approximately 2-3 minutes.  Drain & pat dry (opt) most of the water will cook off in the skillet.  

Meanwhile, in a skillet, over medium heat, melt fat and add garlic, cook for 1 minute.  Add greens, half & half, both cheeses, nutmeg, cayenne (opt) & salt & pepper.   Stir everything together, til it begins to thicken.   

Makes about 6 servings


  1. I was already planning on making hot spinach dip this week, now I'm completely sold on your mustard green creation!

  2. Who doesn't love mustard greens, and creaming them....ooooooooooohhhhhhhhhh!!! Bettttahhhhh! xooxxo

  3. This is a great idea, and I'd never thought about using them that way before. This winter I'm totally going to make a gratin with rapini and grana padano!

  4. OMG this looks sooooo delicious. I seriously need to make this immediately. thanks.
    Laura @ A Healthy Jalapeño

  5. I have never tried mustard greens before. You make me want to consider it though!


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