Dandelions can be prepared in the same way as you would cook spinach or any other leafy green. Since they cook down so much you will need at least one pound of greens for 2 people.
- dandelion greens, washed very well and boiled in salted water for about 10 min. until tender. (Save the cooking water as a hot herbal tea.)
- garlic clove
- 1 red hot dried peperoncino (chile pepper)
Heat the OO in a med. sauté pan. Add the garlic and red pepper, cook until the garlic clove and pepper have browned, then discard both. Add the boiled dandelion greens, season with salt and cook, stirring often for about 5-10 min. Serve hot, warm or room temperature with OO and lemon juice. Or serve the cooked greens with cooked beans (cannellini, borlotti, fave), farro, wheat berries or with a slice of drained ricotta cheese.