I love when I open my email to read that my farm bag will have collards in it. I used to not like collards… I think that it is one of those healthy greens that has to made just right or it will taste bitter and gross. And most times when I go out to eat and order them, that’s what I get- bitter and gross. So, when I first saw that they were coming in my farm bag I had no idea that I was going to end up loving them as much as I do. Maybe it’s the quality of the greens I’m getting in my farm bag that makes these so delicious- or maybe I have just found a great way to cook them. Who knows?!
The first time I cooked my collards I sauteed them in coconut oil (read more on the benefits of coconut oil here). Then I added sea salt and pepper, and then simmered them in a homemade bone broth until they were soft. The whole process took about 30 minutes and they were delicious! Then I decided I would play with them. If you follow me on Instagram, then you see some of the varieties I have tried. Some with coconut milk and lemon. Others with various spices, maybe bacon. But THIS recipe, is by far my favorite.
I want to note that when I say “LARGE” bunches of collards… I mean it. My farm bag guy doesn’t skimp like what you buy at the grocery stores. That is why the amount of sea salt I add to my recipe is seemingly large. It works great together as long as you have the greens to absorb it. If you are unable to get a large quantity, then reduce the salt in your recipe.
This recipe brings the perfect amount of sweet and savory together by combining collards and dates. Then adding in red pepper flakes and sunflower seeds, you get that great spicy heat and crunch! That is a lot of character to be had by something as plain as collard greens!
I’m sure these flavors would even work well with other greens like kale and/or spinach! My favorite is, of course, the collard green though. How do you cook your greens?