Confession: I’m not really terribly Southern when it comes to food. I enjoy peaches and grits (not together), sure, but I don’t eat barbeque, or fried chicken or drink sweet tea. And, I’d never had mustard greens. So, I was a bit perplexed as to what I should do with them. One person told me “Oh I love mustard greens after they’ve been simmering all day on the stove with some fatback.” Hmm, OK, not going to do that.
I had considered throwing it in with the Spanikopita, but when I took a bite, it was sharp. And it was definitely mustard-y.
My cookbooks weren’t much help here, so I went to the googles to see what they suggested. Much of it seemed to recommend making them like any other green (saute with sesame oil, ginger, etc etc.) I know how to do that, but I also had leftover phyllo dough. So, time to invent. I made Mustard Green Triangles.
You will need:
- Mustard Greens. I had 8 big leaves.
- Olive oil. Maybe a tablespoon?
- Red onion. I had half a small one leftover from making coleslaw.
- Garlic. I used a garlic scape, because I have a zillion of them.
- Dill. Because it seemed to go with mustard?
- Rice vinegar. A tablespoon at most. I didn’t even use that, because I ran out.
- Agave. Because I love honey mustard and I was making it up. I used a teaspoon.
Saute the onions for 4-5 minutes, add the scapes for a minute, then the mustard greens. Push those around for a minute and then add the dill, vinegar and agave. Take that off the heat and mix in:
- Walnuts, chopped up. I went with a fistful, so half a cup?
- Parmesan cheese, a quarter cup. Or maybe whatever cheese you want to add. I would have used feta but I had Parmesan.
Now for the phyllo dough part. You will need:
- Phyllo dough
- A tablespoon of butter (melted) and a tablespoon of olive oil, mixed together
- A pastry brush
Follow the directions on the box for thawing and all. Take a sheet of waxed paper and butter it. Then take a sheet of phyllo and butter that. Then fold that in half, and put a couple of tablespoons of mixture on one corner. Then fold up like a paper football. Repeat until you run out of mixture.
Put on a baking sheet with a sheet of parchment paper and bake for 15-20 minutes at 375.