Crispy Sauteed Collard Greens
Crispy sautéed collard greens are a delicious and nutritious side dish that is easy to make and packed with flavor. This recipe starts with fresh collard greens that are washed and chopped into bite-sized pieces. The collard greens are then sautéed in a hot pan with olive oil, garlic, and red pepper flakes until they become tender and crispy. The addition of garlic and red pepper flakes adds a wonderful depth of flavor and a bit of heat to the dish, which perfectly complements the earthy taste of the collard greens. As the greens cook down, they release a natural sweetness that is enhanced by a splash of tangy apple cider vinegar. The result is a savory and satisfying side dish that is perfect for any occasion. This recipe is not only delicious but also incredibly healthy, as collard greens are packed with vitamins and nutrients, including vitamin C, vitamin K, and fiber. They are also a great source of antioxidants, which can help to reduce inflammation and support overall health.
Prep Time: 10 min
Cooking Time: 10 min
Yields: 4 servings
- 1 bunch of collard greens
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil
- 1/4 teaspoon of red pepper flakes (optional)
- Salt and pepper to taste
- small pieces of chopped vegan bacon (optional)
Rinse the collard greens well and pat them dry.
Stack a few of the collard green leaves on top of each other and roll them up like a cigar. Slice the rolled-up leaves into thin strips, about 1/4 inch wide.
In a large skillet or wok, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the minced garlic and red pepper flakes and vegan bacon, if using, and sauté for 1-2 minutes, or until fragrant.
Add the collard greens to the skillet and toss to coat with the garlic and oil. Cook the collard greens for 3-5 minutes, stirring frequently, or until they start to wilt and become tender.
Increase the heat to high and continue to cook the collard greens, stirring constantly, for another 2-3 minutes, or until they are crispy and lightly charred in spots.
Season the collard greens with salt and pepper to taste. Serve hot as a side dish or add to your Potato & leek soup recipe.
Enjoy your crispy and sautéed collard greens!
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