This is another family favorite. For years, relatives on my mother's side of the family would go out and pick a wild green with a name that sounds like "labraste" (roll that "r"!) which was used for a type of pizza. I asked my grandmother what it was in English, but the best she could come up with was "cow flips." When I moved away I wanted to duplicate this treat but, as much as I like it, spinach just wasn't it. I went hunting in the frozen food section at the grocrey store and tried a few of the specialty greens. Kale- no. Swiss chard- no. Mustard greens- yes! That's what it was.... So now we can buy the "labraste" already picked, cleaned, and cooked... what convenience!
PIZZA LABRASTE (MUSTARD GREENS)
(Source: family recipe)
-- dough for 1 pizza
1 lb ground beef
2 pkg frozen mustard greens, thawed, drained
1-2 cloves garlic, minced
Sautee the garlic briefly in oil, add ground beef and brown. Add the greens and continue to sautee until most of the water is evaporated and the greens are cooked.
Prepare the pizza dough in a big circle. Spread the filling on half the dough and fold the other half over the filling. It will look like a big calzone. Press the edges together to seal. Bake at 350 deg until the dough is cooked and lightly browned.
Serve in slices.
NOTE: I have yet to make pizza dough myself that is particularly good, so I buy bags of dough from an Italian bakery. I just can't match it in flavor or texture.
Updated: April 7, 1996
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