Recipe Submitted by – Andy Garr
In my continuous effort to bring you the finest recipes from around the world, I submit Southern Stir Fry with Turnips and Greens, from my friend Andy Garr. Andy and I met in high school playing basketball. He moved and lives in Texas and posts a ton of interesting stuff on FaceBook.
It appears that Andy and I have the love of many interests in common. Food among the most obvious. Thanks for sending me this recipe Andy – jughandle
The Back Story
The Mississippi River Delta, stretching for about one hundred miles along the banks of the mighty Mississippi and extending eastward fifty miles across the state, is one of the richest agricultural regions in the world.
After the Emancipation Proclamation was enacted and slaves no longer worked the cotton fields, Chinese men migrated to the Delta in search of work. As is often the case today, many intended not to settle permanently, but to earn money to send home, but when they arrived, they found hard labor and low pay.
To achieve economic independence, these new immigrants opened grocery stores, selling to the black freedmen who had formerly used the plantation stores. The first Chinese grocery store in Mississippi likely appeared as early as the 1870s.
Chinese immigrants continued to come to Mississippi over the generations, joining their extended families and incorporating their cooking into the local cuisine, as seen with this recipe for stir-fried turnips and greens. -excerpt from SECRETS OF THE SOUTHERN TABLE © 2018 by Virginia Willis.
Southern Stir-Fry With Turnips And Greens
- 1 cup chicken stock homemade chicken stock
- 1 tablespoon sherry
- 2 tablespoons canola oil
- 2 ounces country ham cut into small dice
- 2 cloves garlic very finely chopped or pressed
- 2 Tbsp ginger peeled and cut into julienne strips
- 1/2 Cup small sweet onion thinly sliced crosswise
- 4 ounces turnips 4 small or 2 medium turnips about 4 ounces, peeled and thinly sliced into half-moons
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt more or less to taste
- 1/2 tsp Black Pepper freshly ground, more or less to taste
- 4 Cups greens Chopped about 6 ounces
- 2 teaspoons honey local honey is best and is optional
- Stir together the stock and sherry. Set aside.
- Heat a 14-inch flat-bottomed wok or large iron skillet over very high heat until a drop of water evaporates within a second or two when added to the pan.
- Add the oil to the skillet and heat until shimmering.
- Cook the ham until the fat is rendered, about 30 seconds
- Throw in the garlic and ginger and cook just for 10 seconds.
- Start stirring and add the onion stirring continuously, for 1 minute.
- If you are using a wok move any ingredients up the sides if they start to brown too much. Don't burn anything.'
- Add the turnips and stir-fry for another minute or two, then season with salt and pepper.
- Pour in the stock mixture and toss together quickly with the vegetables.
- Mix in the greens and cook, stirring, until the vegetables are crisp and/or tender—3 to 5 minutes.
- Taste and adjust for seasoning with salt and pepper.
- Drizzle with honey, if you choose, and serve immediately