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Savory was a great favorite of the Romans, who included it in a vinegar-based sauce used with fish and meat dishes. The herb is now widely used in Central Europe where it seasons bean, pea, lentil and sausage dishes. It also works well with tomatoes, eggs, and cheese recipes. Savory has some of the same properties as thyme and rosemary, you could try to substitute it for either thyme or rosemary. Your bunch should last at least a couple of weeks in your crisper drawer in a bag.

Savory Beans (from Kitchen Garden 9/98)

1 pound dried beans (cannellini, pinto, haricot, etc.)
2 large onions or 2 bunches of stockpiled green onions, chopped
4 cloves garlic
3 heaping teaspoons chopped savory
salt and pepper
2 T olive oil
1 35-ounce can tomatoes in juice
1 heaping Tablespoon tomato paste

Rinse and soak beans overnight. Drain, then cover with cold water. Add half the chopped onions, half the garlic, and 2 T of the savory. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer, cover and cook until the beans are thoroughly tender, 45 to 60 minutes, depending on the size and age of the beans. Drain the beans if necessary, and season with salt and pepper.
Heat the oil, and saute the remaining onion and garlic for 2 minutes. Add the canned tomatoes and juices and bring to a boil. Stir in the remaining savory, the tomato paste and salt and pepper to taste. Reduce the heat and cook over medium heat, uncovered, for 15 to 20 minutes, until slightly thickened. Mash the sauce with a potato masher.
Add the beans to the tomato sauce, stir well, adding a little boiling water if the mixture is too thick. Reheat gently and check the seasonings again.

Savory Bread Pudding with Turnip Greens (from 366 Healthful Ways to Cook Leafy Greens, by Linda Romanelli)

16 oz. turnip greens
4 cups 1-inch cubes day old Italian bread
2 cups skim milk
2 large eggs
3 TBS grated Romano cheese
1 TBS chopped fresh savory (1 tsp. dried)
½ tsp. salt
¼ tsp. garlic powder
¼ tsp. ground red pepper
Preheat the oven to 375.  Combine the greens and bread in a 1 ½ qt. casserole. Whisk the milk, eggs, cheese, and spices together in a 4 cup measure.  Pour over the greens mixture, saturating the bread. Place the casserole dish in a slightly larger baking pan.  Pour hot water into the pan to reach halfway up the sides of the dish.  Bake 45 to 50 minutes until just set. Carefully remove the casserole from the pan and cool 10 minutes.

Savory Fried Tomatoes
adapted from an old Kitchen Garden article.

4 large tomatoes, cut into thick slices
½ cup cornmeal
¼ cup parmesan cheese, grated
2 Tablespoons finely chopped savory
S & P to taste
3 Tablespoon olive oil

Pat the tomato slices thoroughly dry. Mix together the cornmeal, parmesan, savory, S & P in a shallow bowl. Coat each tomato slice with the mixture, pressing gently to make sure it adheres. Heat the oil in a pan until hot, then fry the tomatoes in batches, 2-3 minutes on each side, until golden brown. Add more oil if needed. Serve at once.


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