Lazy Girl Greens

Netflix is amazing.

One guy got pissed about late fees from Blockbuster and birthed an empire. Sir, I thank you. Because of your anger and creativity, we now have Netflix.

Twas from Netflix I happened to find The Layover by Anthony Bourdain and after a week of intense binge watching, I finish the two seasons.

You have to understand, I loved every episode. It was fine entertainment but my favorite episode of all time was season 2 episode 4.

ATL Wassup!!!

I love me some vegetable and collard green (da greenz) was my main focus the entire episode. At my local farmers market, leafy vegetable was on sale but the wild spinach was on mega sale. I got three bunches at .99 cents each and I knew it was going to be good eating.

You see, Mr. Bourdain had some legit ATL collard greens and the dish has been marinating in my mind since I saw the episode. When I saw the spinach, I just had to make some. Had the collard green been on sale, I would have made the original version but alas, I got some spinach instead. To be honest, I wanted greens and I couldn’t really wait that long for collard to stew, so the spinach was the express route to my tasty greens. I also substituted the ham hock for smoked turkey. #Express.

Lazy Girl Collard Green

Ingredients

  • 3 bunch Spinach OR 2-3 bagged spinach
  • 2 scotch bonnet pepper (finely chopped)
  • 1 large diced red onion
  • 2 tsp. ground ginger powder OR 3 tsp. grated fresh ginger
  • 1 tbs salt
  • 2tbs salted butter
  • Optional: 1 tsp. paprika, 1/2tsp thyme
  • Smoked turkey (1/2 smoked drumstick)

Prep

  • Finely chop the scotch bonnet pepper.
  • Dice the onion.
  • On medium heat on the pot, melt the butter then add the onion.
  • After 5 minutes of onion sauté, add the finely chopped scotch bonnet pepper and mix.
  • Add the spices (salt, thyme, paprika and ginger) and let sweat for a combined two minutes.
  • Add the spinach a handful at a time till wilted.
  • Mix well and bring to a boil.
  • Add the diced smoked turkey and simmer for 5 minutes to 15 minutes depending on preferred spinach doneness.
    • Serve as a side dish with rice/potatoes/plantain.
    • Serve as a main vegetable dish.
    • Use as a base for a stew.

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