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Gluten Free Garden Kale and Collard Greens

Bowl of Collard Greens and Kale

My aunt gave me fresh collard greens and kale from her secret garden. Alan was supprised to find out I could not remember ever eating collard greens. He thought it strange that I grew up in the south and somehow missed out on this staple side dish. He told me how his mother cooked them and I winged it from there. I knew some people cooked them with ham for a smokey flavor but I didn’t have any so I improvised. I used smoked paprika (one of my favorite spices) to add a smokey flavor to my greens. They turned out amazingly well and Alan loved them. After taking my first bite ti dawned on me that I had in fact eaten these many times. Here is where I slightly embarrass my mother (thankfully she is not internet savvy). My mother used to serve us canned greens with a dollop of mayonnaise on top.They were my least favorite side dish ever. Piles of lukewarm greyish green stuff covered in mayonnaise  What was she thinking. Having finally had collard greens the way they are supposed to taste I have a new respect for them. They are delicious healthy and relatively simple to make. I hope you enjoy this gluten free version as much as I did. What are your favorite southern side dishes? Leave your answers in the comments below.

Gluten Free Garden Kale and Collard Greens
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Recipe type: side dish
Cuisine: southern
Serves: 8
  • 1 lb collard greens
  • 1 lb kale
  • 2 onions sliced thin
  • 5 cloves minced garlic
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  1. Prepare your collards and kale by thoroughly washing and stripping the leaves from the stems.
  2. Thinly slice your onions.
  3. Toss all ingredients in a large stockpot.
  4. Bring to a rolling boil
  5. Turn down heat to medium.
  6. Let cook for an hour or longer (collards can't really get overcooked)
  7. strain liquid from collards and reserve for making soup ( all of the yummy nutrients form the kale and collards are now in this super broth!)
  8. Serve collards warm or cold with extra apple cider vinegar on the side.




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