How To Get Perfect Collard Greens

Move aside roasted Brussel sprouts and green bean casserole; you’ve had your glory days in the kitchen. It’s time to make way for the ever-powerful collard greens. Before you start wincing at the mention of this superfood, give us a chance to entice you with this collard greens recipe.

The Superfood that’s cool

Collard greens are packed with vitamin A, C and K, making them a no brainer as the side you’ll want to opt for at your next dinner or potluck. Preparing them does require some finesse, but not to fret- we’ve done the leg work so that you can rest assured you’ll be able to prepare them in such a manner that all your guests will come back scurrying back with empty plates for more. Yes, you read that right- a green vegetable that your guests will ask for seconds of. Don’t worry, we had our doubts too until we came, we tasted and we conquered.

Bring Home The Bacon

Did someone say bacon? We sure did and part was because we knew it would get your attention and also because well, bacon makes everything better. We’ll start the process by setting a packet of finely chopped bacon to crisp on the side. It adds the most intoxicating aroma to your home and whets the appetite as you wash your collard greens. After you wash three packs of collard greens, set them aside to dry while you finely chopped two small onions and two garlic cloves. If onions make you cry, do as we do and wear you a pair of sunglasses inside. Trust us, it looks cool and works like a charm from the odorous and stinging fumes. After your bacon has cooked for about 12 minutes, (making sure to have cooked each side evenly) add the minced onions and sauté on low for a couple of minutes. If you’re really feeling adventurous, we suggest adding half a pound of chopped smoked ham to the mix. That my friends is how you get a real party started.

Simmer Down Now

We know that by now, the smell of the bacon, ham, garlic, and onions must be driving you crazy and if you’re like us, you’ve shoveled a spoonful or two in your mouth. Quality control, am I right? After all your ingredients have finished sautéing, it’s time to add three containers of chicken broth, 1/3 cup of apple cider vinegar, 1 teaspoon of salt, 1 tablespoon of sugar, 3/4 tablespoon of pepper and your trimmed and chopped collard greens. Mix all ingredients until they are distributed evenly and cook them for two hours. What you’ll end up with are tender, juicy collard greens packed with the most scrumptious flavor ever. Now go forth and share this collard greens recipe, or not. You can always keep it to yourself. We’d rather you share though.