Sauteéd Beet Greens With Smoked Sausage

To turn this hearty main dish into a side dish, cut out the sausage completely or include only half the amount.

Sautéed Beet Greens With Smoked Sausage

Makes four servings 

Ingredients

  • 1 bunch beet greens (about 6 cups)
  • 1 tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 6 oz. cooked sausage, such as andouille or kielbasa, diced (ideally nitrate- and nitrite-free sausage)
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 2 tbs. red-wine vinegar
  • Salt to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste

Directions

Separate the leafy greens from their stems and cut the stems into 1/2-inch pieces. Coarsely chop the leafy greens. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet and sauté the sausage for a few minutes to flavor the oil. Add the stem pieces and shallot, and sauté until almost tender, about five minutes. Add the red-wine vinegar and simmer for one to two minutes until absorbed by the stems and sausage. Add the leafy greens and cook just until wilted. Season with salt and black pepper to taste.

Why No Numbers?

Readers sometimes ask us why we don’t publish nutrition information with our recipes. We believe that (barring specific medical advice to the contrary) if you’re eating primarily whole, healthy foods — an array of sustainably raised vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, legumes, meats, fish, eggs, whole-kernel grains, and healthy fats and oils — you probably don’t need to stress about the numbers. We prefer to focus on food quality and trust our bodies to tell us what we need.  — The Editors

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