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FAMILY FOOD FIGHT: Battle 3 Greens

November 11, 2008 by Joan Nova in Family Food Fight, Food Challenge, Vegetables | 14 Comments

This is my contribution to the latest Family Food Fight (our usual Sunday activity). Cassie, my granddaughter, picked the theme which was 3 greens. And, I must say, we all did an exceptional job. For really good food porn, take a quick trip to my son’s photolog to see all 3 delicious courses. You won’t be disappointed!

Since I knew Jim & Cass were planning light, first course-type dishes — Jim a chilled soup & salad and Cassie a zucchini pasta - I decided to go with meat.

This Ain’t Yo Mama’s Pigs in a Blanket
It’s 3 Greens Wrapped Around Italian Pork Sausage 
and Served with Caramelized Onions & Garlic Croutons

It’s almost healthy…if you don’t count the pork sausage.

Ingredients: 3 greens, Italian pork sausage, chicken broth, garlic; sweet onions, butter, Balsamic syrup; day old crusty bread.

To market, to market…to buy greens. I came home with 3 bouquets (swiss chard, escarole and dandelions). Next step, cleaning them — the dandelions were sandy buggers and required about 3 baths.


Method: I quick blanched each leaf just to get it malleable and, after that, it was pretty much layer one green on top of the other, place the sausage down, and roll. I cooked them in chicken broth filled half-way up with a few garlic cloves for about 45 minutes (turn a few times during process).

I caramelize thinly sliced onions with a slow cook method starting with a pat of butter and olive oil, S&P. If, during the process, I feel the onions need a little more liquid rather than more butter or oil, I add a few drops of my trusty friend, chicken broth. Once the onions have softened, add Balsamic syrup. I let them continue to hang out over low heat for about a half-hour.


Garlic Croutons: Drizzle olive oil, kosher salt and bake till toasty. Rub garlic clove over surface.

See photos of full menu at Family Food Fight.

P.S. I’m sending this off to Lore for her Original Recipe challenge.

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  1. Maryann says:

    Love it!

  2. Peter M says:

    It’s like a sausage Dolma…cool and I’m hungry!

  3. FOODalogue: Meandering Meals and Travels says:

    I know…I was thinking the same thing as I was rolling away.

  4. Gloria Chadwick says:

    Your food is always so beautiful. Love, love, love the greens! :)

  5. Lore says:

    Hi Joan! I just read your message and yup, there’s an Original Recipes Round-Up every month. Just click on the Original Recipes lady on my sidebar and she will take you to the announcement post. Looking forward to your entries and btw love your family food fights and delicious results

  6. Holler says:

    Nice professional job of wrapping! It would probably look like a do’s dinner if I atempted it! I liked your bag too :)

  7. Susan from Food Blogga says:

    Best line: It’s almost healthy…if you don’t count the pork sausage. :)

  8. Kristen says:

    What a great idea… very creative you all! Well done :)

  9. Laurie Constantino says:

    Love the family food fight concept – it sounds fun. Your recipe is very creative and as Peter says very reminiscent of dolmades. Wish I had one of your sausage rolls right now!

  10. FOODalogue: Meandering Meals and Travels says:

    It is a lot of fun and really brings the family together. You should all try it. In fact, I’m going to be posting a ‘how to’ for hosting your own foodie challenges at home.

  11. Robin Sue says:

    Joan I am green with envy! What a great battle, so creative you always are in these fights!

  12. JennDZ - The Leftover Queen says:

    What a great use of your greens! I love it!

  13. Maria says:

    That’s so great … the wrapped sausage and the Family Food Fight, I mean! Love it, what a great idea. And the food on your family Food Fight site is absolutely gorgeous.
    I don’t know why, but even though I’ve had your site on my blog’s blog list for a long time now, it’s never been updated with any of your posts. I’ve got to go directly to your URL to see what’s posted. So I’m sorry if I haven’t been by in a while, but I will keep up with things more often now.

  14. FOODalogue: Meandering Meals and Travels says:

    maria,
    Welcome back! I don’t know what’s happening with the feed. Perhaps it’s something I have to check (though I don’t know how). Thanks for your comments.

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