May 7, 2014


I'm a southern girl. Which means collards are a staple in my house. Actually, more like a special occasion treat. Christmas, Thanksgiving, family gatherings. I remember sitting at the table with my sister cutting them (for hours) from the stems and shredding them the night before a big celebration meal. And then we cooked them. For hours.  With smoked something or other (ham? turkey necks - okay now you know how country I really am).. They were only perfectly done once all the nutrients were cooked out of them (and into the water - which we saved for later:-). Hoppin' John anyone?

Fast forward to grown up, mama Bunnie (or Nicky is what my mom calls me). Looking for a flavorful and healthier way to enjoy those greens. As I understand it they are "in season" Jan - Apr so we are at the tail end of the season. But I had these in the fridge from this weeks grocery run and wanted to get them on the table as quickly as possible.

By the way - These were already cut and shredded.

  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 1/4 pounds (about 2 bunches) collard greens, stalks removed, leaves thinly sliced crosswise
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 8 ounces fresh chicken sausage removed from casing (4 - 5 links)
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper

Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add chicken sausage; increase heat to medium-high. Cook, stirring occasionally, until opaque, 3 to 5 minutes.

Add raisins and as much collards to skillet as will fit; season with salt and pepper. Cook, tossing and adding remaining collards as there is room; cook until collards are tender, 6 to 10 minutes (less if it has been blanched).

Serve sprinkled with toasted almonds.

Season with salt, pepper, and lemon juice to taste. Serve.

Adapted from this recipe on Martha Stewarts site.

Super excited to add this fresh take on a family staple to my recipe box. For a heartier meal, serve with penne, or brown rice, or quinoa.

Let me know if you try it out!! Tony CLEANED HIS PLATE. "*pats self on back* The kids ate dinosaur chicken nuggets and corn:-(


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