Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Sweet Braised Winter Greens

J'nene Wade makes two versions of this cool-weather side dish - one with Swiss chard, dried sour cherries, and pecans and this one, with collard greens, raisins, and pine nuts.

  • 2 pounds collard greens
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 red onion (about 8 oz.) peeled, halved, and thinly slivered lengthwise
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons golden raisins
  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts
  • Salt and pepper

1. Rinse collard greens and tear leaves from center ribs; discard center ribs and stems.

2. Pour oil into a 12- to 14-inch frying pan over medium-high heat; when hot, add onion and garlic and stir frequently until onion is limp, 5 to 8 minutes. Stir in balsamic vinegar, brown sugar, raisins, pine nuts, and collard greens. Stir frequently until greens are slightly wilted, 3 to 4 minutes. Reduce heat, cover, and cook until greens are very wilted and tender to bite, about 15 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste; serve at once.

Yield: Makes 6 side-dish servings

Nutritional Information: CALORIES 144(54% from fat); FAT 8.7g (sat 1.2g); PROTEIN 3.5g; CHOLESTEROL 0.0mg; SODIUM 24mg; FIBER 4.2g; CARBOHYDRATE 16g

J'nene Wade, Sandpoint, Idaho , Sunset, NOVEMBER 2002

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