Savory Collard Greens
Okay, this may not be quite the eye catcher recipe you wanted, but hear me out. Savory collard greens are a traditional southern recipe and, if they are prepared properly, can compliment some of your favorite comfort food recipes or stand alone with a piece of our, surely to be famous, basic cornbread. Also, before you start your greens, cook up some homemade chicken broth (click the link and scroll down for the broth video) or bone broth. Use whatever broth you need for this recipe and freeze the rest for rice, casseroles, or whatever calls for it. The store bought stuff just doesn’t hold a candle to what you can make at home.
Whitney surprised me with the goodness that flowed from her favorite kitchen gadget and it reminded me of the greens I used to eat on Sunday after church. It’s all in the protein used to make those greens wilt and soak up the goodness. Save that Christmas ham or start freezing the leftovers in a “freeze bag” to be ready when the mood strikes. In a pinch, a pound of your favorite bacon works too! Usually, greens take quite a few hours to soak up all the spice and protein liquid, but break out the pressure cooker and make it happen in as little as 30 minutes!
We mention a few things that we use on a daily basis that either make our lives easier or are completely necessary to keep your sanity.
First, this garlic press, by far, is our fave because you don’t have to peel off those dang little garlic peel. Just throw the clove in the press and give her a squeeze. Then, add another one on top if that junk that’s left in there, and give her a squeeze! Such a time saver.
Second, our beloved deli containers. We have grown tired of searching for the right lid for the right container. So, we have thrown all that stuff away (recycled, of course) and moved to these deli containers. Same lids, same containers, they stack nicely in the fridge and freezer. What’s not to love? Make sure you get the microwaveable and dishwasher safe version. Make it easy on yourself.
The recipe and instruction are below this wonderfully entertaining video of us demonstrating how to make it. Cheers!
Are you ready? Gather all this goodness and prepare to throw it in your pressure cooker!
4 Bunches of your favorite greens. We used Turnip and Collard Greens, but Mustard and Spinach would be good, too!
1 Onion chopped
At least 1 lb of bacon, ham, or a ham hock ( more is always better, but don’t push the liquid to the rim)
4 cups of chicken broth
2 cloves of fresh garlic
1 tsp Crushed Red Pepper
1/4 cup of dark Molasses
1/4 cup White Wine Vinegar
2 TB Salt ( go easy, you can add later)
2 TB Pepper
1/2 cup of butter (optional)
Saute the onion and garlic in pressure cooker. Once onion starts to sizzle, start adding greens and a little broth. Add more greens and broth as there is room and stir. Add salt, pepper, molasses, and vinegar. Set cooker to high pressure for 30 mins. Pair with our awesome cornbread to soak up that juice left at the bottom of the bowl. Yummy.
A shout out to to Lindsey with Lenae Photography. Nice work, friend.