Dinner Toast with Garlicky Greens

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Dinner Toast with Garlicky Greens

By Frances Kellar, Cooking with Our CSA

Don’t be intimidated by the amount of greens (or the amount of garlic) in this dish. It packs the greens full of flavor making for a delicious topping for toast accompanied by a fried egg. A tasty vegetarian option for your Meatless Monday consideration. This dish is also flexible with the greens used. While this variation uses mustard greens, broccoli greens, and spinach, you can change up the ratios based on what arrived in your box or even switch out greens for kale, chard, even bok choy. 

Serves 4

Approximate time: 20 minutes


4 thick slices crusty bread

4 eggs, divided

1 bunch spinach, leaves trimmed & roughly chopped

1 small bunch mustard greens, leaves trimmed & roughly chopped

8 large broccoli leaves, de-stemmed & leaves roughly chopped

4 to 5 large cloves garlic, thinly sliced

4 to 5 large cloves garlic, minced

1 to 2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes

1/2 tsp ground black pepper

1 tsp kosher salt

1/2 cup grated Parmesan plus more for garnish

3 tablespoons olive oil


Wash, de-stem and give a rough chop to all your greens. Set aside in a large bowl. Thinly slice your first batch of garlic, then set aside in a small prep bowl. Mince the remaining garlic.

Heat 3 tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet or sauté pan over medium low heat. Add in your minced garlic and give it a stir for 30 to 60 seconds until garlic is fragrant. Add in your crushed red pepper flakes and black pepper. Stir to combine letting the red pepper flakes release some of the heat.

Add in your greens—start by adding half of the greens to start so that they don’t spill over. Trust: these will cook down significantly. Once the greens have started to cook down (about 5 minutes later) add in the remaining greens and give it all a good stir. Add in your kosher salt and stir once more. Allow the greens to cook down. Water will release as the greens cook; this is okay. Allow greens to cook, low and slow, about 7 to 10 minutes more, stirring as needed to encourage them to wilt down.  Once the greens are cooked down, add in your Parmesan cheese and stir to combine. Taste and adjust seasoning as desired 

Meanwhile, in small skillet heat a couple tablespoons olive oil over medium low heat. Once heated, add in your sliced garlic and fry them up, about 3 to 5 minutes—watching closely so that they turn a lovely golden brown but don’t burn. Using a slotted spoon remove fried garlic to a small plate lined with a paper towel to drain.

Use the remaining garlic infused oil to fry up your toast, one to two slices at a time depending on size of skillet, until golden. Place each slice of toast on a plate.

Add in a little more oil, if needed, and then fry up your eggs, one or two at a time, for each serving. Fry eggs until edges are golden and the whites are set, about 3 to 4 minutes each.

To serve: top each toast with a few spoonfuls of your garlicky greens. Top with your egg and then garnish with some more grated Parmesan, some crushed red pepper and the crispy garlic.

About Your Recipe Blogger

Frances is a food blogger and recipe developer focused on crafting nourishing meals that use up all the ingredients in her weekly Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm share box. She writes a weekly Sunday blog post called “Dinner Plans” highlighting easy and delicious meal ideas based on the ingredients of the week’s CSA box. Having grown up in Southern California, Frances first began shopping the local Fresno Farmer’s Markets when she lived in the Central Valley with her family in 2013 and quickly became an advocate for supporting small and local farms as she saw the explicit connection of farm-to-table dining. She has been a proud member of Sage Mountain Farm’s CSA since April 2020 with approximately 90% of the produce Frances uses to cook meals at home coming directly from her CSA box. You can find her on Instagram (@FrancesKellar) and on her website: Cooking with Our CSA. She lives in Pomona, CA with her husband, the owner and craftsman behind Pino Grande Woodworking, and their two adorable and very active children.

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