Well, I always thought I was a southern girl. But evidently the Paula Deen gene is not in my pool. I tried turnip greens today. From scratch. Using Paula's recipe on foodnetwork.com loosely... my own interpretation... that may be the part I shoulda skipped. LOL
First of all, I bought fresh turnip greens from the farmers market yesterday, brought them home and tried washing them, cause dang they were sandy! Well, I washed the heck out of them last night, and left them in a pan of water all day today, and when I got home from work, I was gonna cook them.... Well, they smelled like dead cat poop. omg! I had to throw them out. I rinsed and rinsed, but ugh... they stunk up my whole house...
Well, I was not to be defeated!!! So I go to my little grocery store on the corner, and buy a hog jowl and 3 bunches of fresh turnip greens, and by golly, I'm gonna do it!!!
I bring it home, put the hog jowl in water with some bacon grease and boil the crap out of it for 2 hours... in the meantime, I start washing the turnip greens. I rinsed them once.... twice.... three times. Then I spent the better part of an hour desteming them but they still felt sandy, so I rinsed them again..... and again.... I made piles of them on the counter on dishtowels to drain.
Once the hog jowl got semi tender, I took it out of the water to cool, and diced up a turnip and added it to the water. I let it simmer about a half hour. Then I added the two huge mounds of turnip greens that I felt like I had blood invested in, cause I spent sooooo much time on the damned things. I added some pepper flakes, salt and pepper to the water, and added the humongous mounds of turnip greens to the pot. within seconds it cooked down (as I expected) and I let it simmer for about 1/2 hour.
I went in for the taste... added some more salt, and then it hit me.... too much red pepper flakes! oh my! a bit too spicy... but I thought, OK, keep trying....
Then I started stirring and I could feel the grit on the bottom of the pan!!!! I washed the bejeebers out of that crap, and it still had sand in it.
I give up. I give up my title as a southern cook. If I can't cook turnip greens, then I'm definitely turning in my crown. Hanging head in shame......
From now on, I will be buying my turnip greens from the freezer case... If I'm banished from the south, I apologize ahead of time.
If anyone has any suggestions, Please PLEASE let me know. I just can not go to my grave not being able to cook turnip greens. (just kidding)
Ok, That is all for today. I still have all my yogurt stuff to post. Will try to get to that tomorrow.
And for lack of any other cutesie tag line...... PEACE OUT!!!!!