Thursday, November 14, 2013

Minced Pork with Garlic and Mustard Greens Recipe



I was at the farmers market last Saturday browsing the leafy greens when I heard the vendor answer a shopper’s question with, “They’re mustard greens.”

I immediately thought back to the first time I had mustard greens, which wasn’t all that long ago. I was out to dinner with a good friend at a new favorite spot for Chinese food back in Kentucky. She ordered the pork and mustard greens.

I was pleasantly surprised by their bitter spiciness and I’ve wanted to recreate that dish ever since. After overhearing that conversation at the market, I knew that I should finally go for it.


This is a super simple dish that is full of flavor. You can pair it with rice or use a different meat or tofu, but I think pastured pork with the spicy greens by itself is the way to go. The only problem is that I didn’t make nearly enough. Next time I will double it so there are plenty of leftovers!

Minced Pork with Garlic and Mustard Greens

Makes: 2 to 3 servings

Ingredients:

½ tbsp. olive oil
5 cloves garlic, minced
¼ cup chopped onion
½ lb. ground pastured pork
4 to 5 cups sliced mustard greens (about 1 large bunch)
1 tsp. grated fresh ginger
2 tsp. soy sauce
1 tsp. rice vinegar
1 tsp. dark sesame oil
¼ tsp. crushed red pepper

Preparation:

Heat the oil in a large skillet or wok over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and onion and cook for 1 minute.

Add the pork and cook for 5 to 7 minutes breaking it up with a spatula, until it is browned and cooked through. Drain any excess grease if necessary.

Add the mustard greens and cook for 1 to 2 minutes until they begin to wilt. Add the ginger and cook 1 more minute.

Stir in the soy sauce, vinegar, sesame oil and crushed red pepper. Serve warm.

7 comments:

emily (a nutritionist eats) said...

This just looks delicious. As simple as that.

Joanne said...

I definitely don't do enough (i.e. nearly anything) with mustard greens. FOR SHAME. Love that you recreated this dish from memory!

Kiran @ KiranTarun.com said...

Delicious stir fry! Mustard greens are slightly bitter but so delish :)

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Lori said...

Emily - Thanks so much.

Joanne - I need to get more creative with them, too. It's probably not the traditional way of preparing them, but it is pretty darn close in flavor. :)

Kiran - Thanks! They add such a unique flavor to a dish.

lisa is cooking said...

What a great way to use mustard greens! I'd definitely want plenty of leftovers too.

Sonia ~ Nasi Lemak Lover said...

I seldom stir fry mustard green with pork, usually either stir fry with shrimps or just plain.. Next time I should try this way..