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Southern Greens – Just Like Mama Used To Make!

Southern Greens – Just Like Mama Used To Make!

GreensA staple in many Southern homes, this side dish is packed full of nutrition – assuming you don’t overcook it, as is the traditional Southern way. I prefer to cook the greens for about 30 minutes, to retain the nutrients and flavor. Trader Joe’s sells the greens in a bag already washed and chopped, which makes it very convenient to prepare this as a side to my turkey meatloaf.

  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil or bacon fat
  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped or crushed
  • 2 strips bacon, chopped
  • 1 cup chicken or vegetable stock (use full strength sodium version)
  • 2 Tbsp. dijon mustard
  • 6 – 8 cups dark leafy greens – any combination of collard, mustard, kale, turnip, spinach
  • 3 Tbsp. cider vinegar
  • Dash hot sauce, if you like

In a large, deep stock pot, saute the onion and garlic in oil or bacon fat for about 5 minutes. Add the bacon bits, then add the greens, a handful at a time. Spoon the mustard on top, and pour the stock over the greens. Cover the pot, and simmer for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally – you will see how much of the volume diminishes almost immediately.

…and after

Just before serving, add the vinegar and optional hot sauce, and stir to incorporate.


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