Even though I grew up in the North, we ate Southern food. I grew up eating fried cabbage with bacon grease, salt, and pepper. But as I grew older and didn't have a regular supply of bacon grease on hand, I searched for alternate healthier options to cook my favorite greens.
A month or so ago a friend and I went to Dearborn, Michigan for the weekend. While there I tried some Mediterranean food. Dandelion greens were in the showcase for purchase. When we got back to the hotel I took my first bite. They were delicious and surprisingly not bitter. I need to learn how to cook these greens!
When I got back home I tried to cook them and failed miserably. The dandelion greens were extremely bitter. Surely there is a secret? I asked a friend what her mother would do to eliminate some of the bitterness. I've had this dish three times in the last two weeks. I am going to share with you what I discovered.
I used Victoria Taylor's Moroccan spice blend. I use this in a lot of dishes, especially on baked chicken and vegetables or in fried coucous salad. But you can use whatever spices you prefer on your greens.
1\2 head of cabbage, cut into 1 inch pieces
1 medium onion, chopped
2 TSP Victoria Moroccan Spice Blend or to taste, I am very generous with this
salt\pepper to taste
1 Knorr bouillon chicken cube
1\4 tsp sugar
2-3 TBS olive oil
2 TBS Ghee, clarified butter or regular, I like the taste of butter and oil together
2 bunches of dandelion greens, washed and cut into 1 inch pieces
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Place the dandelion greens in the water and boil until tender. About 7-10 minutes. Boiling the greens helps to take out the majority of the bitterness. I usually cook two bunches at a time. Once they are done cooking drain in a colander. Squeeze out the excess water with a spoon by pressing the greens against the side of the colander.
On medium heat add the oil and butter to a large non stick pan. Once the oil is hot add the onion. Saute until translucent. Then add the cabbage. At this point add the salt, pepper, Moroccan spice blend ,and bouillon cube. Cook until tender.
Sprinkle with a little salt and the sugar. Saute for about 5 minutes and then mix everything together in the pan.
Serve immediately. I like to eat this with beans and cornbread. If you cannot find the Moroccan Spice blend that I used then use your favorite. There is no right way or wrong way for this recipe. You are the chef, experiment.