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Spicy Sauteed Dandelion Greens


2 lb dandelion greens, tough stems removed and leaves cut crosswise into 4-inch pieces

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

2 large garlic cloves, smashed

1/2 teaspoon dried hot red pepper flakes

1/2 teaspoon salt


Cook greens in a 6- to 8-quart pot of boiling salted water for about 4 to 5 minutes or until ribs are tender, then drain in a colander. Rinse under cold water to stop cooking and drain well, gently pressing out excess water.

Heat oil in a 12-inch heavy skillet over moderate heat until hot but not smoking, then cook garlic, stirring, until pale golden, about 30 seconds. Increase heat to moderately high, and then add greens, red pepper flakes, and salt and sauté, stirring for about 4 minutes until the liquid greens give off is evaporated. Serves 4.