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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Scavenging in the Yard

Chef Daniel had a second dandelion recipe that we decided to try while the garlic vinegar was steeping.  We went hunting for dandelions.  Not too tough a hunt in our yard since we don't use any pesticides or weed killers.  We filled a colander with the dandelions and brought them in to wash them.  What do they taste like?  Interesting.  Bitter.  But, I'd never cooked with them so it was time to try.  Dandelions are really a power food so I was hoping I'd really enjoy them and want to rush out to the yard and pick more.  Alas, we both found them to be just ok.  Never did get the dandelion greens salad made.  But, we've very much enjoyed the wild garlic vinegar!

Dandelions with Potatoes and Sausage
1/2 gal dandelion greens, washed and dried
2 T olive oil
1 onion, thinly sliced
2 garlic cloves
1/2 lb Italian sausage, cut into 1/2" pieces
1 c chicken broth
2 T vinegar
4 red potatoes, thickly sliced

Roughly chop the dandelions.  Saute the onions, garlic and sausage in the olive oil.  Put the greens over the top then pour in the broth and vinegar.  Top with the potatoes and simmer covered for 25-30 minutes.

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