Posted on June 12, 2012
Greens and Bulgur Gratin
Courtesy of Anita Trapp, CSA Member
This recipe is very flexible. I didn’t even weigh my greens – I just used everything from my 1/2 share. I did up the bulgur to a cup and subbed swiss for the mozzarella based on other reviews. (I may even try fontina next time. Wegmans carries bulger in their bulk area of the organic section) I used a 9×16 lasagna dish. I also skipped the bread crumb topping and put 1/2 cup cheese instead. We loved it. I meant to have it for my lunch throughout the week, but it was all gone by Sunday. Based on other reviews, people have added beans, sausage, and other vegetables….
1/2 cup coarse bulgur*
2 pounds assorted greens such as kale, collard, escarole, spinach, Swiss chard, and/or mustard greens
6 large garlic cloves, minced
3 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan (about 1 ounce)
6 ounces chilled whole-milk or part-skim mozzarella, grated coarse For topping
1/2 cup fine fresh bread crumbs
1 tablespoon olive oil *available at natural foods stores and specialty foods shops
In a heatproof bowl pour enough boiling water over bulgur to cover by 1 inch. Cover bowl with a plate to trap steam and let stand 20 minutes. Drain bulgur in a large fine sieve, pressing out excess liquid, and transfer to a bowl.
Keeping each variety of green separate, tear greens into bite-size pieces, discarding stems. Still keeping greens separate, wash thoroughly by dunking in a sink full of water and transfer to a colander to drain.
Put coarser greens (kale or collard) in a 4 1/2- to 5-quart kettle and steam in water clinging to leaves, covered, over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until wilted, about 4 minutes. Add delicate greens (escarole, spinach, Swiss chard, and/or mustard) to coarse greens and steam, covered, stirring occasionally, until just wilted, 3 to 4 minutes. Drain greens in colander, pressing out excess liquid.
In a large heavy skillet cook garlic in oil over moderate heat, stirring, until softened but not golden. Stir in greens and bulgur and season generously with salt and pepper. Stir in Parmesan and remove skillet from heat.
Preheat oven to 400°F. and lightly oil a 1 1/2-quart gratin dish or other shallow baking dish.
Spread half of greens mixture in dish and sprinkle evenly with mozzarella. Spread remaining greens mixture over mozzarella and smooth top with a rubber spatula. Gratin may be prepared up to this point 8 hours ahead and chilled, covered.
In a small bowl with a fork stir together bread crumbs and oil until crumbs are evenly moistened.
Sprinkle topping over greens mixture and bake in middle of oven 30 minutes, or until bubbling and top is browned lightly.