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Spotlight on Collards

Those hardy greens that grow on a stalk through late fall are an awesome plant to have in your garden. They can provide you food well into the winter. For many southern families these "greens" are a staple. Here is a recipe adapted from my mother's kitchen.

Southern Style Collard Greens

by Joy

1 tablespoon Butter
1 tablespoon Olive oil
2-3 Bunches of collards
1lb smoked turkey necks or any smoked meat (i.e. bacon, duck breast, etc.)
3-5 quarts of vegetable stock
salt and pepper (to taste)

In a large pot over medium heat, heat oil and butter. Saute the onions until slightly softened, about 2 minutes, then add the smoked turkey necks and garlic, cook another minute. Add collard greens and cook another minute. Add the vegetable stock, cover and bring to a simmer. Cook until greens are tender, about 40 minutes. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper and serve.

Collard greens sauteed in coconut oil

by Kathleen

This recipe can be used with any type of leafy green vegetable, and offers a twist on traditional sauteed greens! Choose a high quality coconut oil and don't be fooled by its nutrition label. Although it's shockingly high in fat, it is actually processed into energy especially quick and has many known health benefits.

2 tablespoons coconut oil (or enough so the greens won't burn)
juice of half a lemon
1 bunch collard greens
salt and pepper to taste
red pepper flakes (optional)

Wash greens and trim off stems. Chop leaves into bite sized pieces. Heat oil in saute pan over medium heat. Toss greens into pan and sautee for 10-15 minutes. About half way through cooking, add lemon juice and mix in. Add additional oil if necessary to prevent burning. Toss with salt and pepper or red pepper flakes.

Note: This is a good base recipe to experiment with. A few other ideas I have tried and liked include: substituting lemon juice with a small splash of balsamic vinegar; mixing balsamic vinegar with orange juice; or simmering greens with coconut milk instead of oil.

Stuffed Collard Greens

Another idea for cooking with collard greens is to stuff them. Here are a couple of ways I've enjoyed them. There are lots of ideas on the web to test out, and I will be sure to try new ones this year, so don't stop at my suggestions!
Rice Stuffed Collard Greens
Vegetable & RIcotta Stuffed Collards

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