The new year will be here before long, and in the Lowcountry, that means it’s time to cook up some greens. Collards are a traditional New Year’s dish eaten to bring wealth in the coming year. Their peak season is from January to April, and they are packed with calcium, iron, and vitamins A and C.
Finally, I should note that collards have extremely high water content and lose a lot of volume in the cooking process. If you don’t have a huge pot, just add the collards a handful or two at a time as they begin to shrink.
If you don’t have sausage, consider using bacon. If you are vegetarian or vegan, consider sauteing some onion in several tablespoons of olive oil before adding the collards to the pot.
Be aware that collards have a somewhat funky odor. I would only buy them the day before or the day of preparation. The crumpled newspaper added to the crisper drawer will help by absorbing the funky smell.
How To Make Collard Greens
- 1 lb sausage (smoked, Andouille or kielbasa) cut into coins
- 2 large bunches of collards
- salt and pepper to taste
- Optional – a few splashes of apple cider vinegar
- Optional – 1/2 cup to 1 cup turkey or chicken stock
Rinse the collards three times. Three shalt be the number thou shalt rinse, and the number of the rinsing shall be three. Four shalt thou not rinse, nor either rinse thou two, excepting that thou then proceed to three. Five is right out. Once the number three, being the third number, be reached, then. . .
Sorry, got a little carried away there.
Once the collards have been rinsed, tear the leaves from the main stem and then into bite-sized pieces. Discard the tough woody stems.
In a large pot, heat the sausage until browned. Add the collards. Cover, occasionally stir until they have reached their desired tenderness—season to taste.
I like mine with hot sauce. . . Lots of Louisana hot sauce.
Easy. Peasy. Done.
Want to try making some more delicious vegetables? Try these!