Have you ever had this classic Sicilian side dish? It's made with leafy greens that you sauté with garlic in olive oil and toss with toasted pine nuts and raisins. It may sound like an odd combination, but it works; it's sweet, savory, salty, spicy and just a little bitter. And as my mother would say—well balanced.
We used dinosaur kale (aka Lacinato or Tuscan kale) but you could easily use collard greens, mustard or turnip greens, or spinach. Any leafy green will do. The bonus? It takes less than 10 minutes to cook.
Updated from the recipe archive, first posted 2010
Sautéed Greens with Pine Nuts and Raisins
- 1/4 cup pine nuts
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1/4 cup golden raisins
- 1 bunch kale, chard, collards, or turnip greens, etc., about 1 pound, tough stem centers removed (if any) and discarded, greens chopped
- 1/2 to 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- Roughly 1/4 cup dry white wine (can sub water with a splash of balsamic vinegar or lemon juice)
- Salt and pepper to taste
Toast the pine nuts
Heat a large sauté pan hot on medium-high heat and add the pine nuts. Toast them until they are fragrant and begin to brown. Pay attention as pine nuts burn easily. Stir or toss the nuts frequently. Once they are toasted, remove from pan and set aside.
Sauté garlic in olive oil
Add the olive oil to the pan and swirl it around. Add the garlic and sauté for 30 seconds; the pan should already be hot, so it won't take long for the garlic to begin to brown.
Wilt the greens
Add the greens and mix well. Sauté, stirring often, until the greens wilt and begin to give up some of their water, anywhere from 1-2 minutes for spinach to 4-5 minutes for collards or kale.
Add the nuts, raisins, salt, and red pepper flakes
Stir in the nuts and raisins, and sprinkle with salt and red pepper flakes.
Add the white wine
Use a little more wine if you are cooking collards, and less if you are cooking spinach. Toss to combine and let the liquid boil away. Once the liquid boils off, remove from heat. Add salt and pepper to taste.
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