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Country-style Collards

Yield Makes 8 to 10 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 large bunches fresh collard greens (about 5 pounds each)
  • 1/2 pound fatback, sliced
  • 1/2 pound hog jowl
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

How to Make It

  1. Remove and discard stems and discolored spots from greens. Wash greens thoroughly; drain and cut into 1/2-inch strips. Set aside.

  2. Cook fatback and hog jowl in hot oil in a 6-quart Dutch oven over medium heat, stirring often, 8 to 10 minutes or until fatback is crisp. Remove fatback and jowl, and set aside. Drain, reserving 1/4 cup drippings.

  3. Bring 4 cups water, next 3 ingredients, and 1/4 cup reserved drippings to a boil in Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add one-third of greens, stirring often, 2 to 3 minutes or until wilted. Repeat procedure twice with remaining greens. Reduce heat to low; cover and cook, stirring occasionally, 45 minutes or until collards are tender. Add additional sugar and salt to taste, if desired.