Eat your Greens!

Does it count if you eat your greens smothered in bacon grease? I have never in my years of cooking, ever cooked anything in bacon grease.  I don’t even keep bacon around the house. However,I am not at my house, I am at my parents’ house, and they always have bacon in their refrigerator.

Currently, I am testing my skills as a cook by turning one week of groceries into two weeks of groceries, and I am showing my mom at least five different ways to cook Swiss chard by fixing it a different way every night this week. Last night, I made Swiss chard with bacon, peas, and noodles. It was fantastic! Definitely, one of the best recipes I have come up with in a long time.

The secret was that I cooked the entire meal in bacon grease.This is not the healthiest way to cook a meal, but the fresh Swiss chard makes up for the fact that fat was the main ingredient. My Fatty Green Goddess recipe works perfectly as a light dinner or lunch served with warm bread and butter and a nice glass of dry white wine.

Fatty Green Goddess

Spaghetti noodles, cooked in boiling water

2 tsp. of olive oil (not tbsp.)

5 pieces of bacon, fried but not to crispy

1 onion, minced

2-cups of peas, fresh or frozen

1-cup of Swiss chard, stems removed and cut into slivers

½ cup of chicken broth

¼ cup of fresh parsley

Salt and pepper to taste

Fresh parsley for garnish

Cook spaghetti noodles according to your package’s directions. Heat two tsp. of olive oil in a large frying pan over medium/high heat. Once the oil is very hot, turn the stove down to medium and place the bacon into the pan. Fry the bacon on each side for 1-2 minutes. Remove the bacon, but reserve the bacon grease in the pan. Then, you will want to fry the onion in the grease until it is browned (about 5 minutes). Once the onion is cooked down add the peas, Swiss chard, and chicken broth and bring to a boil. Once the mixture is boiling turn the stove down to medium/low and simmer the liquid in the frying pan for another 5 minutes. Once the Swiss chard leaves have begun to wilt add the noodles, and toss to coat the noodles in the vegetables and the sauce. Finally, add the bacon, parsley, and salt and pepper to the mixture stir until everything in the pan is well mixed together.

Serve warm in separate dishes with a little parsley sprinkled on top.


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