Collard greens hit their peak season January through April and can be found fresh in most markets. Now is the best time to bring greens to your table. We’ve gathered three of our favorite ways to fix greens. These recipes are easy enough for the less experience chef but flavorful enough to share with the whole family.
Southern Style Collard Greens
Traditional southern collard greens require patients but not much time in the kitchen. This recipe takes about 4 ½ hours, so be sure to start early enough for your desired meal time but it’s a breeze and very hands off. This side pairs well with any of the classic southern entrees including a nice Broadbent Ham Steak.
2 sweet onions, finely chopped
1 Broadbent’s Ham Hocks
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 lb. Collard Greens, trimmed
32 oz. Chicken Broth
1/3 C. Vinegar
2 T. White Sugar
Salt & Pepper to taste
In a large stockpot combine onions, ham hocks, garlic and chicken broth. Cook for around 2 hours, until meat is falling off the bone. Stir in collard greens, vinegar, and sugar and continue to cook until greens are tender, estimated 2 more hours. Taste and add salt and pepper as needed once cooked.
Spicy Collard Greens
If you’re looking for a recipe with a bit of spice, try these greens. The red pepper flakes add a lot of flavor and spice. By using bacon over ham-hock the flavor is a bit different and this recipe takes only around an hour to fix.
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 large onion, chopped
1 T. Olive Oil
3 Slices of Broadbent Bacon
3 C. Chicken Broth
1 tsp. Red Pepper Flakes
1 Lb. Fresh Collard Greens, cut into pieces (2 inch long)
Salt & Pepper to taste
Pour oil into a large pot over medium heat. Add bacon and cook until crisp. Remove bacon (NOT the grease), crumble and return to pan. Add onions and cook until clear. Add garlic, and cook another 1-2 minutes. Add chopped collard greens and fry until they begin to wilt. Pour in chicken broth and red pepper flakes. Reduce heat and simmer around 45 minutes, or until greens are tender.
Slow Cooker Collard Greens
This slow cooker version of traditional collard greens is perfect for family gatherings and holidays. In a slow cooker (especially with a locking-lid) they will travel well and are easy to serve warm. This recipe will serve about 8 but can easily be doubled.
1 Broadbent Ham Hock
8 C. Collard Greens, remove tough ribs and stems, tear into strips
½ tsp black pepper
4 C Chicken broth
Salt to taste once cooked throughly
Rinse your collard greens, then remove any thick stems and tear the leaves into strips. Place the collard greens, ham hock, pepper and broth in the slow cooker. Cook covered on low about 6 hours. Remove ham hock, peel the skin and discard while shredding the meat. Return meat to crock pot and fold into greens.
We know how busy life can be, so we especially love the slow-cooker recipe. Collard greens are a great pairing with your traditional entrees including fried chicken, pork chops, ham steaks, chicken fried steak and don’t forget the cornbread on the side. This southern tradition can bring a new flavor into your home.