Citrus Collard Greens with Raisins Redux

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Author and chef Bryant Terry says this recipe was the seed of his book Vegan Soul Kitchen. “(The recipe) is a brand-new classic, if you will,” says Terry. Its delightful combination of sweet and savory will have you coming back for seconds — or more!

Recipe from Bryant Terry’s book Vegan Soul Kitchen. Excerpted by arrangement with Da Capo Lifelong, a member of the Perseus Books Group. © 2009.

Yield: 4 servings

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Ingredients

  • Coarse sea salt
  • 2 large bunches collard greens, ribs removed, cut into a chiffonade (see below), rinsed and drained
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ⅔ cup raisins
  • ⅓ cup freshly squeezed orange juice

Directions

  1. In a large pot over high heat, bring 3 quarts of water to a boil and add 1 tablespoon salt. Add the collards and cook, uncovered, for 8 to 10 minutes, until softened. Meanwhile, prepare a large bowl of ice water to cool the collards.
  2. Remove the collards from the heat, drain, and plunge them into the bowl of cold water to stop cooking and set the color of the greens. Drain by gently pressing the greens against a colander.
  3. In a medium-size sauté pan, combine the olive oil and the garlic and raise the heat to medium. Sauté for 1 minute. Add the collards, raisins, and 1⁄2 teaspoon salt. Sauté for 3 minutes, stirring frequently.
  4. Add orange juice and cook for an additional 15 seconds. Do not overcook (collards should be bright green). Season with additional salt to taste if needed and serve immediately. (This also makes a tasty filling for quesadillas.)

Tips/Techniques

The chiffonade cut is used to produce very fine threads of leafy fresh herbs as well as greens and other leafy vegetables. First, remove any tough stems that would prevent the leaf from being rolled tightly (reserve them for stocks or salads). Next, stack several leaves, roll them widthwise into a tight cylinder, and slice crosswise with a sharp knife, cutting the leaves into thin strips.

Nutrition Info

It doesn’t get much healthier than collard greens and garlic sautéed in a little olive oil! The greens are low in calories and high in vitamins and phytonutrients.
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