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Substitute for Mustard Greens?

Kat Nov 21, 2007 08:42 AM

Could not find mustard greens anywhere either (see pearl rice issue below). I bought spinach instead, but is it an adequate substitute? SHould I just add more pepper? Or dry mustard?

  1. Romanmk Nov 21, 2007 10:49 AM

    Spinach will cook faster than mustard greens. A little extra pepper doesn't sound like a bad idea. I would make that decision and season the stuffing after it is cooked. Chard is a another good substitute as well.

    1. monavano Nov 21, 2007 11:03 AM

      Spinach is very different than greens in that it gets limp very quickly when heated and the flavor doesn't have any "bite" like say turnip greens do. I would substitued turnip greens, collard greens, kale or even rappini or arugala.
      I recently made turnip greens from fresh turnips and they were amazing.

      1. k
        KTinNYC Nov 21, 2007 11:05 AM

        Collard greens would make a decent substitute. Spinach exudes too much liquid and would throw off your stuffing recipe.

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        1. re: KTinNYC
          Kat Nov 21, 2007 11:18 AM

          Agh! I KNEW I should have bought the collard greens. Now I've got to go back to the store after work tonight and it will be sooo packed. Thanks for the help!

          1. re: Kat
            monavano Nov 21, 2007 12:02 PM

            It'll be so worth it! Good luck with your recipe.

            1. re: Kat
              BarmyFotheringayPhipps Nov 21, 2007 02:01 PM

              Honestly, I would go with kale instead of collards, if it's available. It's closer in texture and flavor than collards, I think.

          2. NYChristopher Nov 21, 2007 02:55 PM

            As a future suggestion, you might try dandelion greens ... My hunch is that you are from New England; the ones I get in New York City are from Maine so they may be readily available to you too.

            1. dinner belle Nov 21, 2007 02:57 PM

              You could always try frozen mustard greens -- just squeeze out the liquid after thawing.

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              1. re: dinner belle
                alkapal Nov 22, 2007 07:27 AM

                i'm with the dinner belle here! esp. in a pinch. hope it works out. happy thanksgiving!

              2. Kat Nov 23, 2007 09:47 AM

                Well, it all worked out fine. I used fresh collard greens - I couldn't find frozen mustard greens at the eleventh hour. I see now that the spinach would not have worked at all. Thanks to chowhounders for saving my stuffing!

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                1. re: Kat
                  bigjimbray Nov 23, 2007 08:42 PM

                  Hey Kat, I think you might get a tastier dish if you used turnip greens instead of collard
                  greens as a subtitute, you would get alot more flavor and I think turnip greens the closest to mustard greens that there is.

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