Sweet & Spicy Steam-Fried Collard Greens

Sweet & Spicy Steam-Fried Collard Greens

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From: EatingWell Magazine, November/December 2018

In a departure from typical Southern-style all-day stewed greens, these collards are sautéed first with a small amount of fat and then steamed, meaning tender-crisp healthy greens on the table in under a half hour.

Ingredients 6 servings

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  • 2 pounds collard greens, stemmed
  • 4 teaspoons bacon fat or extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 small cloves garlic, grated
  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice


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  1. Wash collard greens. Stack 5 or 6 leaves at a time and roll tightly from the long side to create a long, cigarlike cylinder. Slice crosswise into ¼-inch-thick ribbons.
  2. Heat 2 teaspoons bacon fat (or oil) in a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add half the collards and ¼ teaspoon salt. Cook, stirring frequently, until wilted, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a plate and repeat with the remaining 2 teaspoons bacon fat (or oil), collards and ¼ teaspoon salt.
  3. Return the first batch of collards to the pan. Add water, garlic, brown sugar, crushed red pepper and nutmeg. Cook, stirring, until the collards are very tender, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in lemon juice.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: ½ cup
  • Per serving: 68 calories; 4 g fat(1 g sat); 4 g fiber; 7 g carbohydrates; 3 g protein; 112 mcg folate; 3 mg cholesterol; 3 g sugars; 2 g added sugars; 4,357 IU vitamin A; 31 mg vitamin C; 204 mg calcium; 0 mg iron; 214 mg sodium; 194 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (87% daily value), Vitamin C (52% dv), Folate (28% dv), Calcium (20% dv)
  • Carbohydrate Servings: ½
  • Exchanges: 1 vegetable, ½ fat

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