Thursday, May 19, 2011

Maine Dandelion Greens

I never realized it was such a process to cook Dandelion Greens. It was such a hassle to find the dandelion greens in the first place, and then it ended up taking approximately two and a half hours to cook them - at least using Marjorie's method. Perhaps there is an easier way.

Using Marjorie's method, first very slowly boil salt pork for about an hour. Then add the dandelion greens and simmer for another hour, making sure the salt pork is distributed for flavor. When the second hour is up, add some pared potatoes to the greens in water and simmer for another half an hour or until the potatoes are tender.

Once the greens and the potatoes are cooked, place them on a plate, and you are ready to serve. It was not a difficult dish, just very time consuming! They look yummy and, again, were very hard to find. Since the season is almost over, we have a limited amount. So hurry in to try your portion today!

Blue Elephant Cafe
12 Pepperell Square
Saco, Maine 04072


  1. They look great! Maybe they're worth all the time and effort!!

  2. Picking dandelion greens was one of Nana Sasso's favorite events (next to finding mushrooms in the fall). Imagine the time involved in picking the dandelions, washing and cleaning them and then cooking them!! I will tell you they are FILLED with iron and Nana Sasso prepared some for me after my 5th delivery (which was very difficult ). It was just what my body needed after profuse bleeding. Dandelions are worth the time, I'd say.