Collard greens are a traditional southern food eaten on New Year’s Day to bring good luck. So how do you prepare the greens? Paula Deen has one of the most searched recipes, but here’s some advice from home cooks.
Florida resident Patricia Bell says rinsing the greens to get all of the sand out is a must. She advises rinsing them multiple times. She then puts her collards in a large stock pot, along with a chopped onion, ham hock and hefty dose of salt. She says, “Bring them up to a boil stir once then put the lid back on the pot and boil them all day....no peeking. “
Gale Perkins has a similar method. “Rinse thoroughly. Tear into small pieces. Add fatty meat, such as salt pork or bacon. Cover in water and and cook until tender. Season to taste.”
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Bell also likes to sauté collard greens in a cast iron skillet with bacon drippings, onion, cranberries, garlic, salt and pepper. Taylor Rios likes hers raw in a “power green” salad.
Will you eat collard greens on New Year’s Day and if so, how will you prepare them?