Just in case you needed an inspiration for your eggs and greens. You’ll have to have some cornbread made from Riverview Farms to do this up right.
It was originally published by Susan Puckett in Atlanta magazine. Here’s what Puckett had to say:
“Hints of Susan Rebecca White’s Georgia upbringing appear on her table as regularly as they do in her books—but rarely in the form of a Southern-fried cliche. Take her riff on a childhood favorite. “When I was little, my mom would make fried toast with a hole cut out in the middle and an egg cooked inside it,” says the Atlanta native. “We called them ‘cowboy hats’; some name it ‘toad in the hole.’”
“Later, living alone in New York, she began preparing a healthy variation of the dish she discovered in Judith Jones’s cookbook The Pleasures of Cooking for One. She’d saute spinach, form the greens into a nest, and slide an egg into the center to poach. Now living back in her home state, White fuses the two versions with a Southern inflection. She uses whatever local greens look freshest at the farmers market. And for croutons, she cuts leftover cornbread into rounds and fries them in butter and olive oil. This recipe makes one serving, though it is easily doubled.”
This is an adaptation of a recipe from Pine Street Market, Riverview’s partner in cured and fresh meats. I’ve had this recipe around forever. No salami, just skip it or use some other sausage. The fennel and thyme go well with their salami – if you’re using something else, you might want to swap out seasonings based on the flavors in your sausage. By the way, their dried salamis are small – maybe 4 ounces?
I can’t be the only one glad to see collards arriving in our boxes. They have truly become a favorite green in my house. No idea where this recipe came from originally. Stem, chop and wash those collards, then steam them in a saucepan, in your microwave or with my new favorite appliance, an electric pressure cooker. Then you’re all set for the rest of this dish. (did I mention that these new electric pressure cookers double as rice cookers as well? love, love, love)
This is adapted from another recipe from Paolo. She used bok choy in her recipe, and we’ve adapted it for what’s in today’s box. I haven’t tried all the peppers to see if any are slightly hot. Maybe you still have a jalapeno from weeks past?
This is my go-to for any greens that show up in the box. Delicious with kale but amazing with cabbage. (If that bok choy from last week is still in the refrigerator, try it in this recipe.) Takes no longer to make than it takes to cook the pasta. No idea where I got this idea originally.
Adapted from a recipe in “Smoke & Pickles” by Edward Lee.
Serve with “Imperfect Rice.”
The rice recipe makes enough for 4 large rice bowls or 6 appetizer-sized ones
The goal when cooking rice this way is to achieve a thin layer of toasted crust in the bottom of the pot. The crispy layer in contrast with the fluffy layer of rice on top is a sumptuous combination. I use a 10-inch cast-iron skillet. You could seek out a stone rice crock like the ones they use in Korean restaurants, but the cast-iron pan works just fine. Make your favorite toppings while the rice is cooking. When the toppings are ready, divide the warm rice, crunchy bits and all, among rice bowls and serve.