Sorry for my absence these past few days! It seems that if you travel for 9 days straight in cars and on planes and are around thousands of people you have a really good chance of getting sick! I am feeling better and am back with a recipe I prepared on New Years Day!
Around the country there are many traditions as to what should be your first meal in the New Year! Here in the south we are no different. Legend is that you should eat collard greens(which represent cash money), blackeyed peas(representing change and cents), corn bread(representing gold) and ham hocks or pork(representing positive motion forward since a pig cannot turn his foot anyway but forward). The saying goes “Eat poor on New Year’s, and eat fat the rest of the year.” So I wanted to try my hand at making this traditional southern meal for my husband as he had never heard of this tradition that I would never miss at my Meme’s house growing up!
These turned out good and they were super easy. I love the Crock-Pot so much because it’s a set it and forget it appliance. Mike was a good sport and tried them and he responded with just how I thought, “they’re bitter.” Well that’s exactly how they’re supposed to taste! Next year I think I’ll cook cabbage instead since it is a green that I actually love! Here’s the recipe if you’d like to try your hand at easy collards!
Crock Pot Collard Greens
- 3 slices bacon
- 1 large onion; chopped
- 2 cloves garlic; minced
- 3 bunches collard greens; cut
- salt and pepper
- 1 cup reduced sodium chicken broth
- 2 cups water
- Add bacon to pan heated to Med/High and fry until crisp. Remove bacon and crumble.
- While bacon is frying, chop and wash greens. I used my salad spinner to get them clean and dry.
- Add onion to pan that bacon was cooked in. Sautee for 5 minutes or until onions are translucent. Add: chicken broth, water, salt and peper and the bacon back to the pan. Heat up for about 3 minutes.
- Add clean greens to Crock Pot and top with mixture from the bacon pan.
- Cook all day(8-10) hours on Low. The greens will cook way down in the pot!
I hope you had a fabulous New Year and that 2014 will be filled with health, wealth and prosperity!