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Collard Greens Recipe

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Contributor:  
Contributor:  
Jimi McCabe

Category:
Category:

Ingredients:  
Ingredients:  
4 strips thick cut bacon, chopped
1 large onion, chopped
1 quart of low sodium chicken broth
4 cloves of peeled garlic, left whole
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
2 tablespoons Apple Cider vinegar
1 large meaty smoked ham hock, or if you must a smoked turkey part
2 bunches, about 5 pounds, cabbage collards, cleaned in several rinses of water and stems removed, and roughly chopped
Kosher salt and freshly grounded black pepper to taste
Additional vinegar, and hot sauce if desired

Directions:
Directions:
Place a stockpot over low heat. Add the bacon and slowly cook to render the fat. When the bacon is crisp, remove and reserve.
Cook the onion in the bacon drippings until "lazy" and slightly colored, about 5 minutes, Pour in the liquid and the remaining ingredients except the collards Increase your heat and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, and continue cooking for 20 minutes. This is the "pot likker".
Add in the collards, a handful at a time, stirring each addition until wilted. Believe it or not they will all go in the pot. Cook over low heat for 2 hours or until tender.
Remove the hock and let cool. Drain the collards reserving the liquid. Place the liquid in the refrigerator for a quick cool down.
Chopped the collards if desired. Taste for salt and pepper. Break apart the hock, separating fat and meat and finely dice the meat and stir into the collards. Remove the "pot likker" and skim the white stuff off the top and stir into the collards. Reserve the liquid for dipping cornbread.
Transfer the collards to a bowl, and top with the crisp bacon. Serve with a bottle of vinegar and hot sauce for the table. Freeze any leftovers.

Number Of Servings:
Number Of Servings:
6
Preparation Time:
Preparation Time:
20 Minutes
Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
Note: Water, or low sodium vegetable broth can be substituted for the low sodium chicken broth.
This recipe also works for other greens like Mustard, Swiss Chard, Kale and Turnip.

 

 

 

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