Curly leaf lettuce is better than spinach!
BW was under the weather the other day, so I graciously volunteered to prepare dinner.. (I'm just that kind of a nice guy!) :)
Looking for something for a side dish, I found the cupboard rahter bare. But there was a large head of "curly leaf lettuce" (a loose variety of Crsiiphead" lettuce of which Iceberg is perhaps most familiar). This is not a variety of lettuce we normally have, as I have long preferred iceberg. Or so I thought.
So I simply steamed a batch of it just as I would spinach.
Imagine our surprice when it turned out tasting much like spinach, but a bit milder, with not even a hint of bitterness (which I can't abide!) and a pleasant crunchiness at the stem ends., not stringy like spinach stems. (Yes, I know one should remove spinach stems, but I'm unherently lazy).
I suppose the rest of the world has long been aware of this, but it was new to us. And something we will enjoy frequently.