Appetizer

Creamed Parmesan Power Greens

Prep time: 5 • Cook time: 10

Yields: 4 Servings

Rich and creamy power greens, blended with Parmesan cheese and a hint of nutmeg, will have your guests asking for seconds. It’s a delicious side dish with beef, pork, chicken or fish, and quick and easy to make.

Not a fan of creamed spinach? We’re not worried. This quick and comforting delight will make doubters think again and aficionados clamor for more.

Adapted from a recipe from Food to Live By: The Earthbound Farm Organic Cookbook by Myra Goodman

Steam the power greens in a steamer basket over boiling water until it wilts, about 1 minute.  Transfer the greens to a colander to drain and let cool.  Squeeze out any remaining water in the greens using your hands or wrap the greens in a dish cloth and squeeze.

Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-low heat.  Add the flour and cook for two minutes, whisking constantly.  Add the milk and cream in a steady stream, continuing to whisk, and cook until the cream sauce thickens, another 2 minutes.

Add the power greens to the cream sauce and stir to combine.  Stir in the Parmesan cheese, nutmeg and cook until the greens are heated through, about 1 minute.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.  If you are using breadcrumbs, place breadcrumbs in a small skillet and toast until golden brown.  Remove from heat and sprinkle toasted breadcrumbs on top of dish.  Serve hot.

Cook’s Note:  Steam the greens until they wilt — be careful not to overcook!