New Years Day is fast approaching and if you have Southern Roots, chances are you’ll be wanting to make a pot of these lucky nutrient enriched greens called, “Collard Greens” for a chance at better fortune; since the leaves represent folded money in old Southern Folklore
Place 3 cups of low sodium chicken broth and 3 cups of water in a large stockpot and bring to a rolling boil.
Add the smoked ham hock and thick sliced smoked bacon; simmer for about 15-20 minutes on medium heat.
Meanwhile, wash the collard greens cleaning each leaf under cold running water until free of any unwanted debris.
Fold each collard leaf in half, on a large cutting board and cut the leaf away from the stem.
Next stack about 5 of the collard leaves together on your cutting board.
Begin at one end and roll the leaves up tightly like a cigar. Then, cut long ways down the center of the rolled collard green leaves.
Squeeze the cut sections back together, rotate and cut the roll into about 1/2 of an inch ribbon. Reserve the collard greens to the side till they are ready to cook.
Place 2 tablespoons of butter in a metal skillet on medium heat and let it slowly melt, add the chopped onions and chopped garlic, cook for about 2-3 minutes on medium heat; or till softened.
Add the collard greens to the large stockpot in 1/3 or 1/4 batches at a time, let them wilt down for about 2-3 minutes and then add another batch to the pot to do the same, till all collard greens are in the pot.
Add the cooked onions and garlic at this time to the large stockpot.
Next, add the apple cider vinegar, a dash of hot sauce, sugar, Cajun seasoning, kosher salt, and freshly ground pepper to own taste. Reduce the heat to low and let simmer about 45-55 minutes.
Remove the ham hock and thickly sliced bacon from the collard greens at this time.
Remove the collard greens from the stockpot with a slotted spoon; place in a serving dish, add as much of the wonderful juice as desired back to the greens.
Serve with your favorite Southern main course and cornbread to mop up those juices.