Sweet and Sour Green Leafies
This simple and quick recipe works with any green leafy veggie with substantial leaves, such as kale, collard greens, and turnip tops.
1 bunch green leafies
Butter or oil for sautéing
2-3 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
2-3 teaspoons real maple syrup*
1. Rinse leaves well, remove and discard stems. Tear or chop leaves into bite-sized pieces.
2. Heat oil or butter in a frying pan large enough to accommodate all the leaves in it.
3. Add leaves, stirring to coat with the oil or butter and until slightly wilted.
4. Add the balsamic vinegar and maple syrup, stirring to incorporate into the leaves.
Serve immediately. This sweet and sour dish may go over rice, polenta or corn meal mush, or even on some pasta as a side dish, and lends itself to many cuisines.
*Note: use REAL maple syrup, not the artificially flavored sugar syrup that masquerades as pancake syrup. REAL maple syrup comes from our friends and neighbors in Vermont and Canada. If it has a sticker on it that says “formerly Grade B,” even better! Do not let the price deter you. Just remember the old 1930’s hobo saying, “You can do without a lot of necessities if you have a few luxuries.” REAL maple syrup should become a luxury to always have in your pantry.