Southern-Style Collard Greens
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Collard greens are a super food that research has shown to help reduce cholesterol and prevent cancer. Here are a couple ways to try collard greens at home.

For a quick and simple method, suggests cooking collard greens in a skillet.

First, hold each leaf by the stem. With the other hand, zip the leafy part off the stem. Discard stems and cut the leaves into strips.

Swirl the greens in a salad spinner filled with fresh water. Lift out basket and discard the water. Repeat until no dirt remains.

Heat oil in a large skillet. Add as many greens to the skillet as will fit, season with salt and pepper, and cook, tossing frequently. As the greens wilt, add more to the skillet. Cook until tender.

For a slow cooking method, try this recipe from Southern Living magazine.

Southern-Style Collard Greens

12 hickory-smoked bacon slices, finely chopped

2 medium-size sweet onions, finely chopped

¾ pound smoked ham, chopped

6 garlic cloves, finely chopped

3 (32-oz.) containers chicken broth

3 (1-lb.) packages fresh collard greens, washed and trimmed

1/3 cup apple cider vinegar

1 tablespoon sugar

1 teaspoon salt

¾  teaspoon pepper

Cook bacon in a 10-qt. stockpot over medium heat 10 to 12 minutes or until almost crisp. Add onion, and sauté 8 minutes; add ham and garlic, and sauté 1 minute. Stir in broth and remaining ingredients. Cook 2 hours or to desired degree of tenderness.


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