Janos Wilder,
Chef/Owner Janos Restaurant and J BAR,
3770 East Sunrise Street Tucson AZ 85718 520/615-6100
Sauteéd Beet Greens with Mesquite Bacon and Candied Pecans
Adapted from Recipes and Tales from a Southwest Kitchen, Ten Speed Press, 1989

Yield: 12 portions
  • 1 lb. Mesquite smoked bacon, diced and fried until fairly crisp (Reserve 1/2 the rendered grease to cook the greens in)
  • 5 Large bunches of beet greens, stems removed, well washed and cut into 1" thick strips
  • 3 T Raspberry vinegar
  • 1 T Garlic, crushed
  • 1/2cup Chicken stock
  • 2 cups Whole candied pecans
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Sauté the garlic and beet greens in the bacon fat, coating well. Add the chicken stock and cover with a lid for about 2 minutes until the greens are well wilted, then toss well adding the raspberry vinegar, the crisp bacon and the candied pecans. Place in a serving bowl and serve hot.

Candied Pecans
Yield: 2 cups
  • 2 1/2 cup Water
  • 2 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 2 cup Whole shelled pecans
Bring the water and the sugar to a rolling boil for 2 minutes. Toss the nuts into this syrup and bring back to a boil for 1 minute. Drain the nuts well and spread on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper and sprinkled with granulated sugar. Sprinkle more sugar on the nuts and let dry for 2 to 3 hours.

Wine Recommendations: At home we always start with Champagne and then move to something soft and red, usually a Merlot from California.

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