1/29/08

Sauteed Greens with Feta Cheese


Greens with Feta Cheese

10 oz. feta cheese in block form or large crumbles but not fine
1/4 c olive oil
2 t dried oregano or Italian seasoning blend
1/2 t crushed red pepper (dried)
1/8 t finely grated lemon zest (dried)
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 pounds cooking greens, just the leaves, coarsely chopped
Salt and freshly ground pepper


Slice the feta and layer in a baking dish or place the large chunks if you could only find crumbled. In a small bowl, combine 2 T of the olive oil with the oregano, crushed red pepper, lemon zest and half the garlic. Spread the marinade all over the feta cheese and let stand for 25-30 minutes.

Bake the feta cheese at 350 for about 5 minutes while you quickly cook the greens. In a large skillet, heat the remaining 2 T of olive oil. Add the remaining garlic and cook over moderate heat, stirring, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the greens, a handful at a time, and cook, stirring, until tender, it only takes about 3-4 minutes. Pour off any liquid, season with salt and pepper. Spoon the greens onto plates and add the feta on top. Add some slices of French bread or baguette slices and drizzle the marinade from the baking dish over the top of the breads. This will only serve 2 people in our house (me and my oldest daughter who loves feta as much as I do!) but will serve 4 if you have company.

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