Recipe by Mama Luvs Papa
"A delicious mixture of greens. The washing process is the most important part for these tender, tasty greens. Don't forget the sugar! If you follow directions exactly, you'll have the most perfect greens ever!"
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chicken broth, divided
cooked real bacon bits
salt and pepper to taste
I've been making mixed greens for years and have never come across a recipe that calls for sugar. I honestly planned to add the sugar, but when push came to shove, I couldn't do it. Instead, I sweetened greens the way I always have: caramelized onions. I diced one large onion and cooked it in olive oil (I didn't have vegetable oil, but olives are veggies, right?). Anyway, I sauteed them over low heat for 25 minutes... until the onions turned lightly brown. Caramelized onions will sweeten anything with a depth that can make you swoon. So okay... I couldn't bring myself to resort to sugar. My tried and true worked just fine. The end result was tasty indeed.
I washed and rinsed the greens in broth, as directed but I'm not sure the broth made any difference. I didn't add 2 c. of broth to the pot because covered greens will steam — using the pot's heat — making for denser vitamins and minerals. And the cooking time is a little less without added water or brother (closer to 40 minutes than an hour. I added the garlic toward the end of the cooking to avoid burning it. The bacon bits were a nice addition to my usual recipe (I normally add a small amount of red pepper flakes), so that made for a nice change. I can give it a recommendation to try it (ideally with caramelized onions): mixed greens are so very good for you!
So-so recipe, but I never add sugar. I use smoked turkey wings ( normally just one) for seasoning instead of ham hocks or salt pork. Boil the wings until the meat falls off the bone and all them to the greens to cook. I will add seasoning salt & pepper, some red pepper flakes, and a dash of garlic powder.
Made thee for New Years dinner and they were TERRIFIC - would highly recommend this recipe to all my friends. I only used collards and turnip greens though since I'm not a fan of mustard greens. Also used ham hock instead of bacon bits. My daughter who isn't a fan of greens ate them like crazy and even ate somemore the next day. Even told me to make sure I save this recipe for futue use. And my almost 2 year old grandson couldn't get enough of them. Far cry from the 'mess' I attempted last year - will definetly be making these again.
This recipe was great.. I only had turnip greens but they still came out delicious.. Next time I will make sure I have all three types of greens..
I agree. I'd never add 1/2 cup sugar. I don't need
sweet greens. If I want to bring out the flavor of veggies with sugar, I usually add a very small amount. If I needed it any sweeter than a couple of tsp. would add, then I'd certainly caramalize the onions rather than use sugar. I don't care for bacon bits, but if I needed pork flavor, I'd fry out 2 - 3" slices of salt pork, fry it,
and then put the cooked pieces in my pot of greens; just don't over do the added salt.
I used these seasonings on frozen turnip greens. My husband and 5 yr old ate this no questions asked. I will use this again!
I also omitted the sugar in favor of onions that I carmelized in the bacon grease. Instead of boiling, I sautéed using less liquid in a covered pan. All I had was turnip greens and kale, but it worked just fine. Delish, thanks for the recipie and the review comments!
Great Just like my Mama's !!!! :)
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Perfect Mixed Greens
Serving Size: 1/12 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 12
Amount Per Serving
** Calories: 174
** Calories from Fat: 96
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