Basic Collard Greens

Side Dish

Recipe courtesy of A New Turn in the South

Serves 8

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, minced
  • 4 pounds cleaned collards, torn into bite size pieces
  • 1/4 cup sherry vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons sorghum or maple syrup
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 small smoked ham hock or hunk of slab bacon
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter

Classic Collard Greens

Classic Collard Greens

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Warm the oil in a large pot over medium heat, add the onion, and cook until the onion has some color.

Add the collards and sauté until they are a bit limp, 4 to 5 minutes. Add the vinegar and cook down. Add the sorghum, stock, 2 cups water, the ham hock, salt, and red pepper flakes. Cook, covered, for about 2 hours, or until the collards are tender. Add the butter and reserve warm until ready to serve.

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