In the last several months I've moved away from stir-fries containing meat. Most of the shift was due to a conscious effort to eat less meat (for environmental, ethical, and economical reasons), but in truth it was also because meaty stir-fries inevitably leave my nice, clean stovetop with a film of splattered oil. I don't have a nice, deep wok to help contain the spitting-hot oil, and even though I use a splatter screen, I always have quite a clean-up job on my hands. There are a lot of kitchen chores that I don't mind much at all, even some that I actually enjoy doing. Cleaning the stove is not one of them.
But sometimes it's worth it. Like this time. Any dish that prompts your usually taciturn dining companion to announce unprompted, "I could eat this all day" is worth at least one stove cleaning, and possibly two. The same goes for any dish that gets the Suitor to eat leafy greens, so this one's a winner on two counts.
The greens in this dish (and in the picture above) are baby tatsoi, fresh from today's CSA box and probably fresh from the field just this morning. They're so small and delicate that I felt a little guilty chopping them up and putting them in something as brash as a stir-fry, but I can't say I'm sorry that I did. This dish would also work with other greens, such as bok choy or "baby bok choy" (which my CSA folks tell me is actually tatsoi, but that's neither here nor there), though I recommend that you adjust the cooking times/schedule to suit the size and thickness of your greens and their stalks.
Full recipe below the fold.
As with all dishes that move quickly once you get going, mise en place is a must if you want your food unburned, your smoke alarm untriggered, and your sanity intact. If you're serving this with rice, and I recommend that you do, I suggest that you give the rice a head start. That way it's all ready to go by the time you heat up the skillet. Don't be intimidated by the length of the ingredient list--it doesn't take that long to measure them out. In any case, if you don't want to be precise about things, a little more or less here and there won't hurt anything.
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