I decided to try mustard greens for the first time this morning. I steamed them for about 5 minutes. I could barely eat them because they were so bitter. Is there a better way to cook them, or is that just the way they taste? I am a HUGE kale fan, but wanted to branch out. Are collards more mild? I bought a very large bag of these mustard greens and am hoping to make friends with them. Any suggestions would be so helpful! Thanks!
IMO Collards are the mildest and mustard greens the strongest tasting of the three youve mentioned. We love Kale here as well, and tend to only have mustards occassionally since they are very pungent and my kids dont seem to enjoy them as much as the other two.
One thing for us when we do have Mustards is to remove the stems. Weve also found we enjoy them more when mixed with other things, rather than alone. Greens with beans & rice, with sweet potatoes and chickpeas, with curried dishes.
Sometimes doing a quick blanche and adding them to garden type salads can add some extra zing. But I use them sparingly this way as they can quickly overwhelm the salad.
Emily, I know what you mean. We had to cook them a very long time to get rid of the bitterness. I love kale and turnip greens a lot. I mean a whole lot! I could eat turnip greens every day. We never have them left over. My next adventure though will be collards. Everyone loves the collards recipe in TKD so I want to try it. Back to the mustards, fatfreevegan.com has a recipe for Mustard Greens with Onions and one for greens in general including mustard that says it helps with eating bitter greens. Good luck!
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