One of the great joys of being both a cook and a vegetable gardener is putting together a delicious meal featuring some fresh picked vegetable. My wife and I teamed up a couple of days ago to create a simple but delicious meal featuring beet greens that I had harvested that very afternoon.
Catherine went to the market to buy some fish. However, she saw that sea scallops were half priced, so she brought those home instead. Being a bit on the small size for sea scallops, we decided to stir fry them. It so happened that we had some leftover celeriac puree in the fridge. Catherine handled the scallops while I took care of the beet greens.
After washing and culling the greens, I put two large handfuls into a saute pan with a 1/4 cup of chicken stock. I put the lid on and let the greens steam for a couple of minutes. I then removed the lid and let the liquid evaporate as I moved the greens about with a pair of tongs.
When the stock was completely evaporated and the greens sufficiently wilted I added a splash of red wine vinegar, salt and pepper.
The greens were placed into two shallow bowls with a pat of butter on top. The reheated celeriac puree was placed over the greens and the scallops over the puree. What a fabulous combination. This was truly a delicious winter meal.