And that's what turned out, except for the cheesy part: do add a good measure of Gruyere or another rich cheese.
RECIPE for GRATIN of GREENS
Time to table: 90 minutes - 2 hours
Makes about about 7 cups
FLASH COOK the GREENS (aka Greek Greens)
About 3 pounds of mixed bitter greens, including the stems (these were turnip, radish and beet)
Bring a big pot of water to boil. While it does, wash the greens very well. Trim the rough ends, then cut the thin stems (the ones up to a half-inch in width) into half-inch lengths and set aside. Cut the leaves into one-inch strips and set aside separate from the stems. Drop the stems into the boiling water and let cook until just-cook, three to five minutes. Remove from the water with a slotted spoon and place into a colander to drain. When the water returns to a boil, add the greens, in batches if necessary, and cook for two to three minutes, until cooked but still bright green. Add to colander to drain. Once completely drained, refrigerate. You should end up with about 6 cups of greens and stems.
ASSEMBLE the GRATIN
15 ounces ricotta cheese
[recommended: 1 - 2 cups grated Gruyere or even Parmesan cheese]
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
Freshly ground pepper
6 cups cooked greens and stems
In a large bowl, whisk eggs. Whisk in all ingredients except greens and stems. With a spatula, fold greens into ricotta mixture. Grease a quiche pan or other baking dish and transfer mixture into it, smoothing. Cover with foil and refrigerate
Pimenton (simple topping)
Crushed Ritz crackers (richer topping)
Let gratin come to room temperature. Set oven to 375F. Bake for 30 - 45 minutes (60 minutes if straight from refrigerator).
TO PREP AHEAD
ONE OR TWO DAYS BEFORE Flash cook the greens and stems and refrigerate.
DAY BEFORE Assemble the gratin (except any topping) and refrigerate.
DAY OF Just before going in the 375F oven, add the topping.
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