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How to Cook Dandelion Greens & Recipes

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Recipe: How to Cook Dandelion Greens

SummaryThere are various ways to cook dandelion greens, an edible weed, this post includes two of them- plain with butter or olive oil and tossed with bacon. When I make these recipes I use dandelions out of my yard that has not been treated with any chemicals, also I use organic butter, organic extra-virgin olive oil, organic hot red pepper flakes, and uncured nitrite and nitrate free bacon with no artificial preservatives.

Ingredients

  • Dandelion Greens
  • Bacon
  • Hot Red Pepper Flakes
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Butter
  • Olive oil

Instructions Recipe 1

  1. Gather, wash, and cook greens.
  2. Drain cooked dandelion greens well.
  3. Serve with butter or a drizzle of olive oil.
  4. Dash of salt and pepper, to taste.
  5. For serving dandelion greens w/ bacon & hot red pepper flake follow directions for cooking dandelion greens.
  6. Cut-up bacon in 1-inch pieces, cook well.
  7. Add drained dandelion greens to bacon, toss.
  8. Add a sprinkle of hot red pepper flakes.
  9. Dash of salt and pepper, to taste.

Preparation time: 30 minute(s) Cooking time:

Number of servings (yield): 8

My rating 5 stars:  ★★★★★ 1 review(s)

Recipe 1

Handful of Greens © Virginia Wright

Handful of Greens © Virginia Wright

How to Cook Dandelion Greens – Wrap your hand around the dandelion greens and make your cut at the base of the plant.

 

 

 

 

About Dandelion Greens

Shopping Bag of Greens © Virginia Wright

Shopping Bag of Greens © Virginia Wright

Dandelion Greens – Pick  a Bag Full

In the spring of the year dandelion greens are found everywhere you look. It’s one of the first edible weeds that you can eat from the blossom (head) to the root.

 

 

 

How to Cook

It’s a simple wild green to fix, and can be used in many ways. Everything from tea to sauteing the roots. To get started, go find your dandelion patch– First, wrap your hand around the dandelion greens and make your first cut at the base of the plant. I use sharp kitchen scissors and cut leaves enough to fill a plastic shopping  bag full.

Last week I cooked up a batch of wild greens for the family, yummy—they are already asking for more!

Every spring, we harvest this “free” delectable wild green when there isn’t anything else growing. Once I get our bag of greens, I clean one side of the kitchen sink, then fill it with cold water.The leaves are placed in the water and cleaned by swishing them well. I use a very large kettle with a lid to put greens in.

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You can just taste the healthiness in these wild greens, and is a great edible weed that you can forage for in early spring!

 Dandelion Greens w/ Bacon & Hot Red Pepper Flakes | Recipe 2

Follow all the same directions for cutting, cleaning, and cooking your greens. Drain. You should have about 4-cups of greens once boiled down.

Cut-up bacon in 1-inch pieces to cook dandelion greens in. © Virginia Wright

Cut-up bacon in 1-inch pieces to cook dandelion greens in. © Virginia Wright

Cut-up bacon in small 1-inch square pieces, fry until done.

Take your 4-cups of well-drained dandelion greens and place them in the fry pan with cooked bacon and grease; toss.

Serve dandelion greens hot; with a sprinkle of hot red pepper flakes, and a dash of  salt and pepper.

 

 

Battered Fried Dandelion Blossoms © Virginia Wright
Battered Fried Dandelion Blossoms                                         © Virginia Wright

 

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