Waynesville, NC area, Ingles, has a very fresh selection of collard greens!! I want to share how I learned to cook these delicious greens. In Minnesota, where I lived many years, I never cooked nor ate collards.. So, after moving to NC over 31 years ago, I was TOLD that collard greens were to be eaten on New Years Day!!! After a few years in NC, I met a southern lady in the Saluda area that raised a very large field of greens every year. I mentioned that I needed help in cooking greens. Well, her answer was to use a pressure cooker. I had purchased a Kuhn Rikon a few years previously and now found another use for my cooker.
Minnesota friends, you can do this!! Clean, cut up the collards and can actually use of the stems due to the pressure cooking process. You will need a steamer basket. Add a cup of water to the cooker and put the collards in the basket and then add a few red pepper flakes on top of the greens. Get the pressure up to the 2nd red mark or high pressure. Cook at this pressure point for 8-10 minutes. Be sure to time this… Take the cooker to the sink and run cook water on the lid to quickly reduce the pressure. Wahoo!!! the collards are done!!
The next step is to remove some of the water in the bottom of the pot to a pan and remove the collards to this pan. Flavor this with a tsp of sugar and vinegar and reheat on very low temp. Enjoy…
Happy New Years to all of you!!