Cooking Classics: A Mess Of Greens

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The Technique

Classic Collard Greens

Well seasoned greens make the cooler months more bearable for southerners. The time & care a good cook takes to make certain they are prepared just so can be savored in the first taste. Classic Collard Greens are a long standing tradition served on New Year’s Day as they symbolize wealth & prosperity for the upcoming months that lie ahead. For many, it’s the promise of the potlikker that keeps this iconic food on the menu– the rich, flavorful broth that is created once the greens have cooked down & when accompanied with a wedge of homemade Buttermilk Cornbread, you simply cannot go wrong. Follow my pointers & learn how to make your best collard greens to date. 

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makes 12 servings

Once the collard greens have been prepared for the cooking process, expect a yield of approximately 2 lbs. 

5 lbs fresh collard greens
2 Tbsp butter
1 large sweet onion, diced 
1/2 cup diced smoked ham
6 cups water
4 tsp chicken stock base
3 Tbsp red wine vinegar
1 Tbsp dark brown sugar
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
Freshly ground pepper & kosher salt

Wash the collard greens well in a sink full of cold water being certain to remove the grit. Repeat the process several times until the water is clear. Cut the stalk & remove the center, tough stems from each leaf. Stack several leaves & cut them crosswise. Make several cuts lengthwise to create approximately 1 1/2-inch pieces. For more detailed information on how to clean & prep them for cooking applications, look to The Basics: Collard Greens.

Melt the butter & sauté the onion & the ham in a Dutch oven over Medium-High heat 8 minutes or until softened. Stir in the water, the chicken stock base, the red wine vinegar, the brown sugar & the crushed red pepper flakes. Bring to a boil. Add the collard greens to the pot a little at a time. It may seem as though they will not all fit but as the greens wilt in the hot liquid, you’ll be able to add more. This process will take about 5 or 6 minutes. When the last bunch is added, bring the mixture back up to a boil, then reduce the heat to Medium. Cook, partially covered, 30 to 35 minutes or until the collard greens are toothsome-tender. Stir the mixture occasionally while cooking. Taste the greens & season generously with freshly ground pepper & kosher salt. 

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Cooking Tutorials. How To Prepare Classic Collard Greens By Rebecca Gordon Editor-In-Chief Buttermilk Lipstick Culinary & Entertaining Brand Cooking & Baking Tutorials Practical Culinary Techniques For Everyday Cooks Editorial Director Digital Culinary Photo Journalist Pastry Chef Writer Food Stylist Modern Southern Socials TV Cooking Personality Game Day EntertainingHow To Prepare Classic Collard Greens

Classic Collard Greens have long been a Southern staple eaten on New Year’s Day to symbolize prosperity & wealth for the upcoming year. Although the dish is many times prepared with a smoked ham hock, I find a little diced Bourbon-Orange Baked Ham seasons the greens beautifully. Look for fresh collard greens at your local market. They will need to be prepped properly for the cooking process, however it is a step that can be taken care of in advance, particularly if planning to host friends in your home for a celebration.

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From preparing the leaves for the cooking process to seasoning the dish just so, Classic Collard Greens are simple to make. A Dutch oven & a wooden spoon will be necessary in order to complete the task plus a few additional tools. Read over the recipe before beginning & mise en place the ingredients ahead of time. Here’s what you should know. 

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The Preparations

The Collard Greens

Remove any yellow or discolored leaves. Wash the collard greens well in a sink full of cold water being certain to remove the grit. Repeat the process several times until the water is clear. Cut the stalk & remove the center, tough stems from each leaf. Stack several leaves & cut them crosswise. Make several cuts lengthwise to create approximately 1 1/2-inch pieces. For more detailed information on how to clean & prep them for cooking applications, look to The Basics: Collard Greens.

The Onion, The Ham, Etc…

Mise en place the remaining ingredients. Chop & measure them ahead of time so that once the cooking begins, the procedure runs quickly & smoothly.

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The Cooking Procedure

Melt the butter & sauté the onion & the ham in a Dutch oven over Medium-High heat 8 minutes or until softened. The ham should turn golden brown & the onions will become translucent.

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Stir in the water, the chicken stock base, the red wine vinegar, the brown sugar & the crushed red pepper flakes. Bring to a boil. Add the collard greens to the pot a little at a time. 

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It may seem as though they will not all fit but as the greens wilt in the hot liquid, you’ll be able to add more. 

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Keep adding the greens to the pot. This process will take about 5 or 6 minutes. 

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When the last bunch is added, bring the mixture back up to a boil, then reduce the heat to Medium. Cook, partially covered, 30 to 35 minutes or until the collard greens are toothsome-tender. Stir the mixture occasionally while cooking. 

Cooking Tutorials. Collard Greens By Rebecca Gordon Editor-In-Chief Buttermilk Lipstick Culinary & Entertaining Brand Digital Culinary Photo Journalist Classic Collard Greens. Cooking & baking Tutorials Practical Culinary Techniques For Everyday Cooks. Editorials Director Digital Culinary Photo Journalist Pastry Chef Food Stylist Writer Modern Southern Socials Game Day EntertainingNo. 3

The Collard Greens

Taste the greens & season generously with freshly ground pepper & kosher salt. 

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