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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Collard Greens

Ok, here we are - for all you people who have asked how to cook collard greens. This is a simple, healthy and tasty dish. Delicious served with hot buttery mashed potato's.

2 bunches of fresh collard greens, washed and removed from stalk
1 1/2 TBSP oil of your choice - I used Safflower oil
1/4 tsp asafoetida
1/4 tsp cumin powder
1/4 tsp curry powder
1/2 tsp liquid smoke
1/2 tsp sea salt or to taste
Approx 1 cup of water

Chop greens into approx 1/4 x 1 inch wide strips. Heat oil in a deep saucepan with heavy base on a medium low flame. Add in spices and fry for a few seconds. Add in greens and stir, coating with oil. Allow to cook and wilt for a few minutes, making sure they don't burn. Then add water, smoke and salt. Simmer uncovered, over a low flame for approx 45 - 50 mins til tender. (Add more water if necessary - they should be very moist, with some liquid still present at end of cooking time).

Serve warm - serves 6 as part of a larger meal.

*You can also leave out the spices and smoke if you prefer, since its also good plain.

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