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Cretan Eggs with Wild Greens

When I saw this recipe, I thought it would be a perfect addition to Juice January. Let’s face it: I am a sucker for anything with runny eggs!
I think it’s the perfect addition to your January dinner menu. Let me know how you like it.
I did amend the ingredients just a little; I added kale making it the perfect balance of protein and greens.
Cretan Eggs with Wild Greens
You will need:
– 1 cup of any or all of these, mixed: nettles, curly endives, chicory, dandelion greens, round radicchio, beetroot (beet) leaves, wild rocket (but not witlof)
– 3 spring onions (scallions)
– 1 onion
– 80 ml (2½ fl oz / ⅓ cup) olive oil
– 1 tsp salt
– 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
– 1 tsp hot paprika
– 4 eggs
To prepare:
Clean and finely chop the endives and the chicory, discarding the woody stems. Wash the spring onions, then remove the roots and green outer layer. Finely chop the onion. You can use kale as well as a great option.
Heat the olive oil in a non-stick frying pan over medium heat, then add the onion and brown for 5 minutes. Add the spring onions and cook for another 3 minutes, then add the wild leaves in this order (from toughest to softest): endives, chicory, radicchio, nettle, dandelion, beetroot leaves, and wild rocket. Lightly fry for about 5 minutes to let any excess water evaporate. Add the spices and stir.
Make four wells in the mixture and break an egg into each well. Continue to cook until the whites are set, but the yolks are still runny.

 

Serve in the pan for people to help themselves. If the yolks spread into the mixture, so much the better. Serve with bread.

Recipe from Anatolia by Somer Sivrioglu and David Dale (Murdoch Books, $79.99, hbk). Photography by Bree Hutchins.

 

Photo Credit: Bree Hutchins

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