JERK SEASONED COLLARD GREENS

When lockdown began a few months back, I made sure to buy vegetables that would keep well in my refrigerator or pantry. This allowed me to continue eating a healthy and balanced meal without needing to visit the grocery store as often as I wanted. Collard greens were one of my first purchases. They keep well in the refrigerator, are inexpensive, and love me! After making my first batch of collard greens, I went to my pantry looking for something to season them with. I found a bottle of Jerk Seasoning and grabbed it on a whim. I was blown away by the combination of the flavours and knew these Jerk Seasoned Collard Greens would be a great addition to the blog.

WHAT IS JERK SEASONING?

Jerk seasoning is a unique combination of sweet and spicy herbs that can be used to do Jamaican jerk cooking. Jerk marinades are usually made with fresh ingredients such as onions, ginger and scallions. You can apply the marinade to chicken, pork, fish, and vegetables. Then, cook them over an open flame until they are cooked to perfection. This recipe calls for collard greens simmered in a broth with dry jerk seasoning, orange juice and some sweetness. This seasoning works well with anything.

WHERE TO FIND JERK SAMPSON

The wet marinade can be found in a jar or a bottle of dried spices at most grocery stores. However, I used a dry spice mixture for this recipe. Walkerswood, a Jamaican brand, makes both the dry spice mix and the marinade. It can be purchased on Amazon, their website and at supermarket chains such as Kroger. You can also make your spice mixture by following this jerk recipe from Immaculate Bites.

WHAT TO SERVE WITH JERK-SEASONED COLLARD GREENS?

These collard greens are a great match for many dishes because of their unique sweet-savoury-spicy flavour. They are great with mac and cheese. I ate them all the time during the lockdown, just on top of a bowl. The photo shows them with Quick Barbecue Chicken and Apple and Cheese. These would also be great with southern comfort food like potato salad and cornbread.

HOW TO STORE LEFTOVER COLLARD GREENS

This simmered collard-greens recipe is one of those foods that tastes even better the next morning. So that they retain all the flavour, make sure you store the collard greens in a container with the broth leftover from the pot. The broth can be reheated in a saucepan on medium heat, stirring frequently, or in the microwave until warm. To serve the greens, strain the broth using a spoon.

JERK SEASONED COLLARD GREENS

These Jerk Seasoned Collard Greens can be sweet, spicy, or savoury. They make great leftovers!

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cooking Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 yellow onion (0.32)
  • 1 clove of garlic ($0.16)
  • 1 Tbsp of cooking oil ($0.04)
  • 2 tsp jerk seasoning ($0.20)
  • 1/2 cup orange juice ($0.52)
  • 3 cups chicken broth ($0.36)
  • 1 lb. chopped collard greens ($2.50)

INSTRUCTIONS

  • The onion should be sliced and the garlic minced. Combine the onion, garlic, cooking oil, and salt in a large saucepan. Sauté the garlic and onion over medium heat for 5 minutes.
  • The jerk seasonings, orange juice, chicken broth and collard greens should be added to the pot. Mix well. Cover the pot with a lid and let the broth boil for a few minutes.
  • After the collard greens have boiled, reduce the heat to medium-low. Once the collard greens are tender, occasionally stir until they become soft (about 30 minutes or according to your preference). When not stirring, keep the lid on. Serve warm.

NUTRITION

Serving Size: 0.75 Cup Calories: 51.94 Kcal Carbohydrates 7.43 G Protein: 2.46 G Fat: 2.15g Sodium 385.44 mg Fiber 2.65 g

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