You no longer need to cook your greens forever. This recipe will give you the same results in just one hour with only 4 ingredients!
I was born and raised in the south. So collard greens are part of who I am as a person. Not a family gathering goes by without greens being on the table. Well, except for that one Thanksgiving, but we won't talk too much about that. These days I am evolving as a chef and am learning new things and techniques. And pressure cooker collard greens is high on the list of things to do differently!
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I can remember growing up thinking greens took all day to cook. And that may not be too far off in some cases. For instance, you might boil the meat for 2 hours, then cook the greens for several more. I don't know about you, but I don't have time for that. Well, unless I'm already in the kitchen all day for Christmas dinner.
I must say, I was shocked at how well greens did in the Instant Pot. The flavor and tenderness were spot on! I was expecting to be disappointed, but was pleasantly surprised. I'm sure you will be too.
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One thing I'm sure to do (as much a possible) is add flavor in every step of the cooking process. I'm at the point now where I pretty much add (usually chicken) stock to every recipe instead of water - from grits to stovetop veggies, sometimes even rice. And collard greens are no different. Since cooking in the pressure cooker reduces time to develop flavor, it is important that you get the flavor in the right away.
I'm also not the biggest fan of heavy or greasy greens. So somewhere along the line, I began using smoked turkey instead of pork. I mean, there will more than likely be plenty of other pork options to choose from on the table. And I'm convinced that the saltiness from the smoked flavor is right on point. But when I do use pork, it's definitely smoked neck bones - it really just depends on my mood.
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Pressure Cooker Collard Greens
- 2 lbs. Shredded Collard Greens
- 1 Smoked Turkey Wing or 3 Smoked Neck Bones
- 6 Cups Chicken Broth
- ¼ tsp. Red Pepper Flakes
- Add all ingredients to Instant Pot - turkey or neck bones first. (You may need to pack in the greens.)
- Set manual time for 60 minutes.
- After cooking is complete, quick release pressure.
- Mix well - so that meat falls of the bones, removing bones and skin.
- Serve and enjoy!
- In the video, you'll notice that I add a few things at the beginning that are not listed in the recipe: 1 pound of thick-cut bacon (chopped), 1 yellow onion (diced), and 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar. This is how I "put my foot in them," as we say down here. It's almost how my sister makes them (who makes the best in the world), except she removes the bacon after rendering the fat. But I didn't want to do that.
- Smoked turkey wings or smoked neck bones can be found in most grocery store meat departments in our area (the US south). If you do not see them in your store, ask the employees in your grocery store meat department, or visit a local butcher.
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