Perfect Southern Collard Greens
Perfect Southern Collard Greens – This recipe comes straight off the menu at Homegrown, a local restaurant we love. They are hearty, rich, and comforting. Just how grandma used to make them!
Asheville’s HomeGrown Restaurant
Today we are serving up Homegrown’s Perfect Southern Collard Greens with bacon and turnips!
The first time I walked into Asheville’s Homegrown restaurant I was struck with an impression of comfort, compassion, and honesty.
Some things are hard to explain, but after sitting down with owner Miki Kilpatrick, it all became clear.
Asheville locals Greg and Miki Kilpatrick opened their first business in 2007. Their catering company, Saffron, has been serving up regional flavors for the past four years. Yet a bigger dream awaited; one with walls and tables of their own.
Homegrown opened its doors October 4th, 2010, serving up farm-conscious food with southern flare. Within the first week, their dining area was packed and their patrons list continues to grow.
The Home of Collard Greens
Chef Greg focuses on using only ingredients that support our community. They say it’s a philosophy that stems from a Mediterranean way of living; to cook with simple ingredients that are in-season, available, and affordable.
Their goal is to take food the shortest distance from the farm to the table.
Miki shared a deeper goal of helping provide a stable market for our local farmers to sell their harvest, that is, all of their harvest.
She brought up the point that pesticide-free, vine-ripened produce doesn’t necessarily mean “pretty.”
All Food Is Great Food
Being in the food industry for many years, she’s watched restaurants take only the most attractive produce, leaving farmers with excess they may have a hard time selling.
Restaurants that want to have regional farms provide their food need to consider that ugly tomatoes make just as tasty a sauce as flawless tomatoes.
Buying local produce that is “B” quality in appearance, keeps the cost down, and still allows Homegrown to use the freshest possible ingredients.
Miki wants to build a market that uses the surplus, reduces waste, and keeps farmers on their land doing what they do best.
She stated with conviction, “Homegrown will never be a profit-driven business.” Of course, they want to provide for their little ones. Of course, they want their restaurant to flourish, but they are driven by a greater desire to build sustainability throughout Western North Carolina.
Southern Collard Greens Ingredients
- Bacon Strips
- Garlic Cloves
- Collard Greens Bunches
- Chicken Stock
- Vegetable Stock
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Salt and Pepper
How to Make Collard Greens
This is a very simple recipe. It only requires a few steps to make this amazing dish!
- Render the bacon in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onions, garlic, and turnips. This will take about five to eight minutes.
- Once everything is translucent, add in the collard greens and saute it all together for about 10 minutes.
- Then add in the chicken broth, vegetable broth, nutmeg and apple cider vinegar and bring it to a boil. Then reduce and simmer for about 30 minutes.
- Season with salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy!
Frequently Asked Questions
Should I soak the collard greens?
Soaking collards is a standard part of the cleaning process. I usually soak my collards just to make sure that I get all the dirt that might be stuck to the leaves and stems. Fill up the sink with water and let them soak for about 10 minutes, while stirring them in all directions to loosen the dirt that might be lingering. You can also do this in a large bowl.
Are Collard Greens healthy?
Collards are known as a superfood because, just like kale, collard greens are one of the most nutrient-filled foods. Eating collards is a great way to load up on vitamins and minerals. Collard greens can activate your immune system, which in turn, can help fight inflammation in your body.
How do you get the bitterness out of collards?
On occasion, collard greens can have a slightly bitter note. If your greens have a more bitter taste, adding a little salt or lemon juice will help bring down the bitterness.
Can you eat too many collard greens?
It’s unlikely you could or would consume too many collard greens. However, eating too many greens, just like spinach, could result in some unpleasant abdominal pain. As with all foods, enjoy with moderation.
Other Southern Recipes
- Fried Green Tomatoes Recipe
- Southern Tomato Pie Recipe
- The Ultimate Southern Chicken Salad Recipe
- Southern Sweet Tea Recipe
- Fluffy Southern Cat Head Biscuits Recipe
- Southern Shrimp and Grits Recipe
Perfect Southern Collard Greens
- Place a large pot over medium heat. Render the bacon with the onions, garlic, and turnips until the onions are translucent, 5-8 minutes. Then add the collards and sauté another 10 minutes.
- Add the chicken and vegetable stock, nutmeg and vinegar, bring to a boil. Reduce and simmer for 30 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
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