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Sunday, February 18, 2007

Greenshead revisited

Last week's greens failure has me obsessed. There MUST be greens dishes out there good enough to eat as leftovers. I'm still working on the Chinese-style greens you used to be able to get at Chinatown's Sweet'n'Tart before it closed (sniff). To be continued. In the meantime, here are a couple others.

After I roasted the Valentines duck I poured out the fat and then wilted a bunch of baby spinach in the drippings and the still-hot roasting pan. I would have eaten those leftovers, had there been any.

As if to rescue me, I saw this recipe in the New York Times.

Recipe: Chicken Thighs Stuffed With Chard

1 1/2 to 2 pounds chard

5 tablespoons olive oil
1
tablespoon chopped garlic 

1/2 cup pine nuts

1/2 cup raisins, soaked in warm water for about 10 minutes, drained

Salt and pepper to taste

8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs

1/2 cup dry (fino) sherry or a flavorful white wine

Chopped fresh parsley leaves for garnish.

1. Cut chard stems into 1- to 2-inch lengths, and coarsely chop leaves. Gently boil stems until almost tender. Add chopped leaves. Cook until soft, another couple of minutes. Drain well, pressing out water.

2. Put 2 tablespoons oil in large skillet over medium-low heat and add garlic; cook until garlic begins to color, a couple of minutes. Add pine nuts and cook another minute, stirring, then add chard, raisins and salt and pepper; cook, stirring, for about 2 minutes. (Stuffing can be refrigerated for two days.)

3. Put each thigh between plastic wrap and pound thin, without tearing. Sprinkle with salt. Put spoonful of stuffing on one end and roll. Skewer closed with a toothpick or two.

4. Put remaining oil in large, deep skillet over medium-high heat. Add thighs, browning on one side for about 5 minutes and adjusting heat if needed, then turn. Cook a minute or two, then turn heat to medium-low and add sherry. Let bubble for about 30 seconds, cover, and cook about 5 minutes, or until chicken thighs are quite firm and cooked through.

5. Remove to a platter. Reduce liquid in pan over high heat, if needed, and spoon over chicken. Garnish with parsley, and serve.

Yield: 4 to 8 servings.

I never got around to making it, though. Too busy making brownies. Maybe next week.

1 comment:

Hevansrich said...

"Greenshead revisited" - ha ha! clever title!!