No happening dinner party is complete if you don't know how to cook soul food. Soul food is created not only from the freshest, most delicious ingredients, but, a main ingredient in all soul food is love. Soul food is a creation, not just a dish. One of the most delicious soul food dishes to cook is greens. Good old collard greens.
To cook soul food collard greens, you will need:
- A thick piece of fat back. A ham hock will work in case you can't find fat back but it's not the preferred ingredient in this soul food dish.
- 10 lbs of fresh collard greens. It may seem like a lot, but, trust me, it's not. If you like a varied taste and texture, add in some mustard or turnip greens.
- 1 tablespoon bacon grease – no one said soul food was good for ya.
- 3 cups chicken stock
- Wash the greens, either collard, mustard and/or turnip, one by one in fresh water. Greens might be one of the sandiest ingredients in all of soul food so make sure to rinse them very well.
- Remove the tougher stems and split the leaves down the middle. Throw away the tough stems and middle stalk. Chops greens into 2 inch pieces.
- Heat olive oil in a large stockpot and add the fat back. Cook over medium heat just for about 5 minutes into grease forms in the bottom of the stockpot.
- Add in the greens to the stockpot. You might have to add in handfuls at a time and wait a bit for them to wilt. This is why you need 10 lbs of fresh greens. 10 lbs of greens will make 8 healthy servings.
- Add the chicken stock and turn the fire down to its lowest setting. Simmer the greens for at least an hour. No one said cooking soul food was quick.
- Serve steaming hot spoonfuls with a splash of vinegar and a side of corn bread for the best of soul food cooking.
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