Spinach with Bacon & Mustard Seeds

Spinach with Bacon & Mustard SeedsOh, it does seem as if it is a long cool spring here in Hawke’s Bay and while there are good quantities of asparagus – finally – other spring produce such as strawberries are very slow off the mark!

However, there are lots of lovely spring leafy greens and the tender smaller leaves really are a treat after their larger more mature
winter cousins.

Spinach with Bacon & Mustard Seeds

This is another easy side which makes an interesting side for any number of grilled, roasted, pan-cooked or barbecued proteins. For a mainly
vegetable meal, serve with roasted potato wedges or crusty bread.

Serves 4

2 rashers bacon, rind removed, meat cut into strips
1 small onion, chopped
olive oil
1 tbsp yellow mustard seeds
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
pinch smoked chipotle flake, or to taste
1 bunch spinach, stems removed, leaves roughly chopped

1              Place bacon, onion and a splash of oil in a frying pan, cover and cook, over a medium heat, stirring occasionally, for 8-10 minutes or until bacon is cooked and onion is soft and translucent.

2              Add mustard seeds, garlic and chipotle flake and cook,
tossing, for 1-2 minutes or until fragrant. Add spinach, cover and cook, tossing occasionally, for 4-5 minutes or until spinach wilts.

Where did the ingredients for this dish come from:
Bacon: Holly Bacon – Hastings; Onion, spinach, garlic: Krismaw Gardens – Hastings; Smoked Chipotle Flake: Orcona Chillis ‘n
– Hastings; Olive oil: The Village Press – Hastings; Store Cupboard Ingredients: mustard seeds.

Note: Many of these producers can be found at the Napier Urban Food Market each Saturday morning and/or at the Hawke’s Bay Farmers’
Market each Sunday morning.

Happy cooking and eating.

Recipe by Rachel Blackmore

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