I don’t live in the South, so Collard Greens really haven’t been part of my diet…ever. I remember back when my friend Rob and I lived in Atlanta, GA, we tried Okra a few times. Boy, I’ll tell ya, we felt like true Southerners. All of the sudden, we both had a Southern drawl. Just kidding.
I was making a nice vegetarian recipe the other night that called for Collard Greens. Honestly, I didn’t even know what they were. I went to the store and asked the produce guy where they were and he pointed me towards a big pile of leaves that looked kind of like Spinach. I brought them home and cooked them up in the food I was making. Since the recipe only called for about a cup, we really didn’t get a chance to taste what these Collard Greens were all about.
Last night, I told Laura that we needed to find a Collard Green recipe, because we had a bunch left over. I looked up on the internet what people generally do with them and most of the results were the same…steam them or cook them. I decided to do it my way.
I put some olive oil in a pan and cut up about six cloves of garlic. I know, I know…don’t worry, I am not around anyone today. I also put some onions in the mix and simmered them up. After those items were softened up a bit, I de-stemmed the Collard Greens and stacked the leaves on top of each other. Then, I rolled them up like a big cigar and cut them in slices. I added them to the pot and cooked them up for a few minutes.
Neither Laura nor I had any idea what they were going to taste like. I just knew we needed to get rid of them. Well, after we both tasted them, we both agreed that they were just awesome. I couldn’t believe how good they were. I have some left over for tonight and am very psyched about it.
After dinner, I decided to look up the nutritional benefits of Collard Greens. Come to find out, they are some sort of (another) wonder food. According to the website, I should feel like Superman today. I don’t, but that doesn’t mean I won’t in the future.
My unsolicited advice to you is to go grab yourself some Collard Greens. You might just add a new food to your variety of recipes.