Spicy Dandelion Greens with Sausage, Sun-dried Tomatoes and Vidalia Onion, a recipe you must try. It is easy to prepare, take less than 30 minutes to make, and the ingredients are easy to find at your local supermarket.
Adding greens or vegetables to meat is a great way to combine flavors and make your meal tastier. Not all types of vegetables go well with all meat or poultry. Some vegetables are mild in flavor while others have a pungent taste that may overpower the meat.
What is Dandelion
Dandelion is one leafy green that is categorized as a flowering plant, herb, and a vegetable. Dandelion taste can be strong for some people and others mild. Many people add it to their salad for a dose of healthy nutrition.
From the article we published recently, Dandelion is full of antioxidants with great health benefits. It is an excellent source of several vitamins such as A, B, C, E, and K. It contains a substantial amount of iron, calcium, potassium, and magnesium. You can read more about its benefits and usage here.
How to wash Dandelion
The best way to wash all vegetables is in a water and vinegar bath. After removing all dead leaves and branches, rinse the leaves under running water to remove any dirt. Give the leaves a good soak in a mixture of vinegar and water. You can rinse a third time if you prefer. Add the leaves in a salad spinner to remove the water or shake them well.
Cutting or not cutting the branches
The branches are usually a bit though and therefore it is necessary to cut the branches and leaves smaller for faster cooking. You can also blanch the branches and leaves if preferred when adding dandelion in salads. The smaller the pieces, the faster they will cook.
Dandelion is an excellent addition to stews and legumes. The greens taste a bit bitter and are similar to watercress or mustard greens taste. It might be necessary to cook the greens with red meat to somewhat camouflage the bitterness. This way, all the flavors will marry perfectly, and the dish will be delicious.
Adding meat such as sausages or smoked meats is ideal because of their bold flavor. Sausages are usually pre-seasoned which makes cooking easier when adding more flavor. Smoked meats are always perfect with veggies. They add aroma, and tons of flavors.
How to make Spicy Dandelion Greens with Sausage, Sun-Dried Tomatoes, and Vidalia Onion
This recipe is very simple and easy to replicate with other types of protein.
- Clean the dandelion thoroughly, cut the branches or leaves in smaller pieces
- Cut the sausage in smaller pieces and cook them first.
- Cook the onion to release its flavor and aroma
- Add seasoning, greens and sun-dried tomatoes
How to enjoy this dish
- 2-3 tbsp olive oil
- 3-4 cloves of garlic sliced or chopped
- 4 – 6 oz sun-dried tomatoes sliced
- 1 medium Vidalia onion julienned or sliced
- 1 tsp Noubess Garlic and Herbs Seasoning
- 2 – 3 Italian Sausage links organic preferably
- 2-3 bunches of dandelions well cleaned and ends trimmed if necessary
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Slice the sausages and cook them separately in a skillet. Do not overcook. Remove from heat and set aside.
- Heat oil over low to medium heat.
- Add garlic cloves to the pan and saute about 2-3 minutes, stirring frequently (do not let the garlic burn)
- Add onion and sundried tomatoes and saute for a few more minutes with the garlic mixture until the ingredients start to soften.
- Add the cooked sausages, and saute for a few more minutes.
- Stir in the Dandelion greens and season with Noubess Garlic and Herbs Seasoning.
- Allow the dandelions to cook down, stirring frequently, around 10 minutes.
- Taste them for flavor and add more seasoning if necessary.
- Serve with boiled root vegetables, grains, pasta or bread