So it was 5:00 yesterday and I was on my way home with no idea what to make for dinner. The wife’s gone so it had to be something I could do quickly, perhaps with a little one on the hip. I was stopping into Clover’s for a couple of items anyway and wandered over to check out the produce. I have a weakness for collard greens, so baby collards jumped right out. The plan started to come together…
Sauteed baby collards with onion, guanciale and orzo
4 oz. guanciale (yes, bacon would be quite fine here…so would sausage, whatever)
4 oz. (or more) baby collards, sliced thinly, tough stems discarded
half of a small red onion, chopped
lemon orzo (regular would be fine too, perhaps with a squeeze of lemon), cooked and drained
Sautee meat until rendered and lightly crispy, then remove to a plate. Throw in collards and onion, sauteeing on medium heat for five minutes (or whenever collards start to get tender). Return meat to the pan and toss with however much orzo you want. Or serve on top.
Anyway, this was done in about 20 minutes from start to finish and the kids loved it. I drizzled some pepper vinegar on top…quite nice, really.
Clover’s has these nice little packages of baby collards right now – at least the E. Broadway outpost did. Chestnuts as well…I picked up a few dozen more of those. Get ’em while they last!