Have you ever walked into a Whole Foods and spent less than $50? Well, then you are not human.
I recently bought a bunch of golden beets at whole foods for 3 dollars. By "a bunch" I really mean 3 medium sized beets. But whoa, the greens to beet ratio was like, 3:1. What was I going to do with so many beet greens?
I googled: How to cook beet greens.
...And I found that you cook them similar to swiss chard, or kale, or any dark leafy vegetable with tough stalks. Not wanting to jump in feet first with a raw beet green salad, I went for the more mild, less healthy approach: I sauteed them with pancetta and potatoes to make them into a hash. Then I did what any sane person would've done. I put an egg on it.
Ingredients (this will serve 4 birds or 2 hungry bears):
- 1 medium sized potatoes
- 2 bunches beet greens, stalks removed
- 1/4 cup of diced pancetta
- white wine vinegar, red wine vinegar, or apple cider vinegar, just a dash
- salt and pepper
- optional: paprika, chili powder, or red pepper flakes, for a little kick
- Eggs, 2 for each person
Make sure you wash the beet greens several times. Cut up the potatoes into small cubes, or, for large cubes, boil them for about 10 minutes in salted water to soften them up. Drain and let sit while you start the other part.
In a cast iron pan, heat up some oil. Saute the pancetta first to release the flavors. Then add the potatoes. Lastly, add the greens, wilting them. Toss in the garlic and some acid (red wine vinegar, orange juice, lemon juice) during this step to make the flavor of the beet greens really stand out. I sort of put the greens on one side of the pan when I added the acid so that the potatoes wouldn't absorb too much of it, but this is not necessary.
When the potatoes are soft, your meal is done! Add paprika, chili powder, or red pepper flakes if you'd like. Salt and pepper to taste.
I like my potatoes a little on the crispier side, so I left them sit in the bottom of the pan for a while without disturbance. While that was sitting there, you can poach a couple of eggs. Place them gently on top of your hash, and you've got a delicious breakfast!