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Green Tops Belong in a Pot, Not the Trash

Frank Guerriero

February 06, 2019


Photo: Keirnan Monaghan and Theo Vamvounakis

If you’ve already joined us on the #WasteNot train, you’re well aware of the endless versatility of root vegetable tops. But don’t worry if you haven’t yet chopped them into kitchen scrap kimchi or blended them into a green top harissa—Chefs Boot Camp alum Paul Fehribach’s recipe for smothered beet, carrot, and turnip greens is a rich, comforting crash course in these scrumptious stalks.

Fehribach starts by toasting up flour in some reserved fat to build a roux. After quickly sweating out onions and garlic, the roux becomes a gravy with the addition of homemade vegetable stock. Finally, it’s time to throw in as many chopped greens as your favorite Dutch oven will hold, and let them simmer to unctuous tenderness. It’s a simple but supremely satisfying side that’s sure to become a mainstay on your wintertime table. Get the recipe.

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Frank Guerriero is the media assistant at the Beard Foundation. Find him on Instagram.