Collard Greens (Southern Style)
August 8, 2008, 1:10 pm
Filed under: in the kitchen

Fatback is great if you have it, or a piece of ham hock.  Barring either of those, you can use salt pork or bacon ends (my standby). Here’s a chunk of bacon ends out of the freezer. Boil it in some water in a stock pot to get a nice meaty, salty broth going.

Rigorously washed collard leaves (using the soak/swish/dump/soak/swish/dump/soak/swish/dump method) rolled in a cone and sliced into strips.

Boil, boil, boil.  What I learned in my collard googling is that many people outside of the south eat collards like they eat kale or chard: sautéd for a little while in olive oil and tossed with citrus or pine nuts or what have you. Southern collards are boiled, and they’re boiled a lot. The result is a limp green dish with not a lot of texture, but melt in your mouth tender. It might be an aquired taste if you’re not used to it, but I love it.

Drain most of the broth out (but not all) and then cut the leaves into more managable mouthfuls.  I used a biscuit cutter, but they make these things with serrated edges too (for what? I’ve only ever seen my granddad make egg salad with a serrated one) and they’re great for cutting collards.

Sprinkle with red cider vinegar or pickled hot pepper vinegar and pretend you’re back home. Mmmm.

3 Comments so far
Leave a comment

That looks delicious! I’ve never had collard greens but maybe there will be a first soon!

Comment by woodley park-zoo

i’d go with this recipe for the first time around.

it’ll be more ‘familiar’ to someone who hasn’t had their greens cooked to a pulp and eaten with vinegar before. :D

Comment by architheque

Just found your comment here, thanks definitely for the followup! I will try BOTH! I like all kinds of food preparations, anything FLAVOURFUL (hello meaty, salty broth?!), so consider me on board!

Going to print these recipes… now!

Comment by woodley park-zoo

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: