Old foods are the new foods, it seems.
Consider the dandelion. I remember, as a child, hearing about old folks eating dandelion greens, making jelly out of the flowers, and grinding up the roots for a hot beverage. I just don’t remember ever seeing anyone eat these weeds. It turns out that these leaves are some of the most nutrient-dense greens you can eat and other countries actually grow dandelions in their gardens. We can devour a pot of greens around here, so, when I saw these huge dandelion leaves amongst all the other greens at the Kroger, I had a little moment of excitement right there in the produce section.
I fixed them like I do most greens….simply – a little bacon (or sausage), a little onion, and salt and pepper. I can tell you that dandelion greens are as wonderful as any green and they have a bit of a sweet flavor in with the usual bitter.
A food that I certainly remember from childhood is round steak. Not very exciting then nor now, I know, but this is a great recipe for those affordable, tough cuts of beef.
2 lbs tenderized round steak
can of crushed tomatoes
2 jalapeños pepper – to taste! but this dish needs at least a little
paprika – this is really optional – smoked paprika or chiptole powder
allspice – i have whole allspice and just smashed about a dozen and then chopped them to smithereens
Thinly slice the meat. Sprinkle with garlic powder and pepper.
Thinly slice the onion.
Prep your jalapeños – or do what I did and grab the jar of sliced jalapeños in the fridge.
Heat a big pan and add 1-2 tablespoons of butter. Add the meat and just barely brown. Remove.
Sautee onions. Add more butter if needed.
Add tomatoes. Stir and add meat.
Add the allspice and paprika.
Simmer awhile until the meat is quite tender.
Sprinkle with cilantro and serve.
I served this over cauliflower mash (with a bit of butter, garlic and nutmeg) and the flavors worked very well together.
A squeeze of fresh lime would really top this off.
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