Saturday, July 6, 2013

Garlicky Collard Greens ~ Brazilian Style

Garlicky Collard Greens ~ Brazilian Style
As shared from the kitchen of Once Upon a Plate ~ by Mari
Can adjust recipe according to the amount of collard greens you have.
(I usually cook 1 medium size bunch for two people.)

2 to 3 large bunches collard greens (about 2 pounds)
5 to 6 cloves of garlic, minced
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons butter
salt and pepper, to taste

Wash collard greens, remove stems (and main rib from leaves if tough.)
Stack several leaves and roll as you would dough for cinnamon rolls. Slice cross-wise into thin strips (about 1/4 to 1/2-inch wide.) Repeat with all leaves.

Heat olive oil over medium heat in a heavy skillet (cast iron works great here), add garlic and salt; cook stirring until the garlic is golden in color. 
Add the greens and butter and saute for 3 or 4 minutes until they are bright green in color and begin to soften.

Season with more salt, and pepper to taste and serve while still warm.

Note:  You may add cooked bacon on the side along with some rice vinegar, lemon wedges, Balsamic vinegar or Red wine vinegar for sprinkling for those who would like it. Some like to add a sprinkle of red pepper flakes for a spicy kick.

Optional: For those who love bacon ~ slice or chop a couple of strips of bacon, add it to the heavy skillet, when bacon is mostly cooked, add the minced garlic and proceed with recipe from that point.


Recipe adapted from "South American Food" by Marian Blazes