This recipe for sautéed mustard greens with shallots is super easy to make with only a few ingredients. It's a great side dish to serve alongside a chicken, pork or steak entrée - very versatile. Mustard greens are slightly bitter so if you like that flavor you will love this recipe.
Community Supported Agriculture: A Great Way to Support Local Farmers
But before I get into that, I would like to welcome you to my Community Supported Agriculture Series. I bought a summer farm share at Clark Farm in Carlisle, MA. This is very exciting. Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is all about supporting local farms by buying a share of their harvest before the growing season and receiving farm fresh produce every week for a certain period of time.
I thought it would be fun to post new recipes each week where I use my fresh, organic farm veggies in recipes that you can make too! I know there are a lot of people out there who do CSA in the summer. So this is for all of you!
What Do Mustard Greens Taste Like?
Mustard greens have a slightly mustardy-slash-peppery flavor and that same mildly bitter finish like spinach or swiss chard. Neither of which, in my opinion, presents in an overwhelming way, but rather a delightful way! I think these greens pair well with garlic and shallot with a squeeze of fresh lemon to finish. And chili flakes for a little kick? I'm in. I've only just recently got into chili flakes and I'm starting to really enjoy sprinkling them on various goodies.
And What is a Garlic Scape, You May Ask?
Garlic scapes are the green flower bud of the garlic plant and they get harvested to promote the bulb development below. They are usually available in the beginning weeks of the Summer CSA Share at Clark Farm. They can be used interchangeably with regular garlic. I've found with my experimenting so far, you need to use a little more garlic scape to equal the power of the flavor of regular garlic.
This CSA membership has been my first exposure to garlic scapes and I've been incorporating them into my recipes and loving it! You chop them the same way you would chop scallions, except garlic scapes are thicker and meatier. Usually, this means I will chop them down a bit finer since larger chucks can be an awkward texture. When I decided to make sautéed mustard greens with shallots, all I could think was - oh, and I'm definitely adding garlic scapes too!
So if you're a CSA member at Clark Farm or elsewhere, don't pass these lovely garlic scapes by. Or if you find yourself at a roadside farm stand and see these - get some and try it! Really - they're fantastic!
Looking for More CSA Recipes for Greens and Veggies? I Gotcha Covered:
- Roasted Veggie Tart w/Leeks & Goat Cheese
- The Best Salsa You'll Ever Make
- Zucchini & Summer Squash Gratin
- Roasted Kohlrabi w/Lemon Garlic Tahini Sauce
- Swiss Chard Pasta w/Lemony Breadcrumbs & Bacon Bits
- Crunchy Baked Kale Chips
- The Ultimate Roasted Veggie Sandwich