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Yukon Gold Potatoes
Thanks to CSA member Kelly Orr for sharing this delicious recipe. It’s a fantastic way to use up any greens you might have accumulated from your CSA share over the last few weeks.
Mixed Greens with Potatoes and Leeks
2 lbs mixed greens, such as swiss chard, escarole, turnip greens, mustard greens, chicory, broccoli rabe, kale, spinach OR this week’s braising mix
4 TBLS butter or olive oil
2 large leeks, white and tender green, thinly sliced crosswise
2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1 1/2 cups chicken stock, fresh or canned low sodium broth (or vegetable broth)
Freshly ground pepper
1-2 lbs Yukon Gold Potatoes
Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add salt. Cut the greens into 1-inch pieces and wash them thoroughly. Add the greens to the pot and cover. As soon as the water returns to a boil, drain the greens in a colander; pat dry.
Preheat the oven to 375°. In a large skillet, melt 4 tablespoons of the butter. Add the leeks and garlic and cook over moderate heat until just beginning to brown, about 10 minutes. Add the Chicken Stock and bring to a boil. Season generously with salt and pepper and remove from the heat.
Slice potatoes 1/4 inch thick. In a large bowl, toss the potatoes with the greens and leeks. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer the mixture to a large nonreactive baking dish and press the vegetables down firmly. Dot with the remaining 4 tablespoons of butter. Cover the pan tightly with foil and bake for 50 minutes. Uncover and sprinkle top with parmesan cheese if desired. Bake for about 15 minutes longer, or until the potatoes are very tender.
Farmer Jones Notes
The Farmer’s notes are abbreviated this week due to tiredness. It’s been an exceptionally productive few weeks, and once we turn the corner on November, I’ll probably get that nap I wrote about last week. Meanwhile, make sure to let me know if you are interested in signing up for the 2011 CSA program before Nov. 1st. I’m already thinking about next season and surely want you to be a part of the April Joy Farm family.
I have only one other announcement tonight. If you are in need of a last minute pumpkin for the weekend or November festivities, please call me. My packing shed has a nice selection, (all tucked out of the rain), that I’m happy to have CSA members peruse. No tricks, just rotund orange treats.