Saturday, January 5, 2019

Collard Greens




Happy New Year! It is 2019. 2018 was a big year for us, my beloved bride and I moved into a new home, we had a son graduate high school and a daughter graduate college so we have much to celebrate.

Being it is a new year in the South means you must make collard greens and black eyed peas on New Year's day.

This year, or at least this fall, we grew our own collards in raised beds so that we could harvest them on New Year's day just for this occasion. So let's get going.





Research:

Ingredients:

Collards
Red onion
Chicken stock
Ham hock


Execution:

Starting a little slow. Working one handed while holding an ice pack on my head.

First cut the stems out of the leaves.



Just drop them into cool water maybe a little salt.


Dice an onion


Saute the onion with some olive oil in your favorite dutch oven.


Slice up the collards 




Add some chicken stock to your onions.


Come on people, how good does that look?

Add the collards and your ham hock for seasoning


Let it cook on medium heat in a dutch oven. Maybe 2.5 hours total.

1 hour with the lid on and the remaining with it off to let the pot likker concentrate.


Here we are ready to serve.


how about a bonus? Let's add a ham steak. Must be a cast iron skillet. I'm pretty sure it is a law somewhere.


People. This might be as southern as it gets.





Verdict:

When I lay in bed in the darkest moments of the night and my mind wants to wander into discontent, I can easily cast a warm light by thinking of this meal. Good enough mojo to help you sail into the New Year.

Smoothly.






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