If you’ve cooked with duck fat before, you can jump into this simple dandelion greens and garlic recipe with gusto because you’ve experienced duck fat as the culinary gem that it is. Its unctuous and rich flavor is worth going that little bit out of your way for. Believe it or not, it’s close to olive oil on the health meter. You can buy containers of duck fat at fine grocers, or you can buy a duck, render the trimmed fat, and have a lovely duck ready to roast another night.–Connie Green and Sarah Scott
LC Delirious About Duck Fat Note
A sign of any great recipe is that it begins by gently bathing garlic cloves in warm duck fat until they’re imbued with ducky, fatty goodness, not unlike confit. (We should note that the authors suggest that you can swap olive oil for the duck fat. While not the same, it’s lovely in a quite different way.) While the garlic cloves are then tossed in with the dandelion greens, garlic-imbued duck fat isn’t called into use in this recipe. We can think of dozens of uses for it, perhaps none so tempting as diving right in, face first. If you wish to show a little restraint, however, simply reserve it to toss with potatoes or bone-in, skin-on chicken prior to sautéing or roasting. You won’t be disappointed.
Leafy Greens and Garlic Cooked in Duck Fat
- Quick Glance
- 25 M
- 1 H, 5 M
- Serves 4
IngredientsEmail Grocery List
- For the duck-fat-roasted garlic
- For the dandelion greens
Recipe Testers Reviews
To be quite honest, I thought that dandelions would have a fair amount of bitterness to them, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that they weren’t much stronger than any other greens. Perhaps this was due to the brief boiling, as I had rather mature dandelions, or the duck fat, which does wonderful, deliciously sinful things to whatever you cook in it. Or, even the lovely sweet flavour added by the garlic. Whatever the case, this is a very nice side dish that is quite easy to put together. Making the garlic is time consuming and should definitely be done ahead of time, considering that the dandelion greens finish up in short order, even if they do have to be quickly boiled first. The finished dandelions may not look like a lot, but as a side dish, it was enough for at least three or four people. To take this dish a flavourful step further, toast a few tablespoons of pine nuts and scatter them over the dandelions and garlic just before serving.