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Friday, November 12, 2010

Pumpkin, Cranberry, and Collards???? Autumn Foods Day 15

For most, Autumn Foods bring about thoughts of pumpkins, cranberries, butternut squash.  But Collard Greens????  Here in the South, most definitely!  Collard Greens have become a Thanksgiving tradition for us.  Even though I was raised in the South, my first taste of Collard Greens was about 6 Thanksgiving meals ago.  A friend of Big Guy's family brought them and oh my, they were delicious!  Not boiled for 6 hours but she sauteed them for about 20 minutes.  With several dashes of pepper vinegar, I was in love!  Since that time, we have had collards off and on.  We currently have several plants growing nicely in our winter garden.  There are several different ways to cook collard greens - pretty much depends on your taste.  I use bacon typically or cooked ham to season mine with as well as garlic and cooked onion.  Our family likes them cooked for about 20-30 minutes, often in a wok. Several dashes of red pepper flakes and pepper vinegar later and Big Guy is a happy man!
And Collard Greens are so full of nutrition, they are definitely worth trying!  And supposedly, eating Collard Greens on New Year's Day will bring you money throughout the year!
Check out several of these recipes and try your hand at these!
Collard Greens by Paula Deen (she only uses 1 tablespoon of butter for this dish!)
Sauteed Collard Greens
Collard Greens by the Amateur Gourmet - bonus of what to do with leftover greens!

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