CEimB: Shortcut Collard Greens

by Joanne on June 10, 2010

It’s been a sad week or two for the CEimB group.  We haven’t been able to contact our site leader so we march on in hopes to hear from her again soon.

This week, we move forward with Shortcut Collard Greens on page 256 of  The Food You Crave by Ellie Krieger.  Next weeks post is by Kathryn of Grandma’s Kitchen TableSee the end of this post for the next recipe on June 17th and….. if you don’t have a blog but would like to cook along with us and comment, we will do our best to offer the link on line for you. Both this week’s AND next week’s had an online link so GET COOKIN’!

This week, we’re making GREENS!


Short-Cut Collard Greens – serves 4


  • 1 1/4 lb collard greens
  • 1 TBS water
  • 2 slices of Canadian bacon (I used SOY BACON)


  • 1 TBS olive oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped (forgot to buy onions – I used 2 TBS minced, dried onions)
  • 1 TBS cider vinegar
  • 1 TBS pure maple syrup
  • 1/8 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 3/4 cup low-sodium chicken broth (I used VEGETABLE BROTH)
  • Salt to taste

Remove stems and center ribs from greens and toss out.  Cut the leaves across into 1/2 inch wide strips.  Place the greens into a microwaveable bowl, add the water, cover tightly and microwave on high for 5 minutes *I did this for 8 minutes. Drain in colander, shake off any excess water.

While collards cook, heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and cook the bacon until crisp – about 2 min. per side.   Remove bacon, chop and set aside.  Add oil to the pan.  Add the onion and cook for 3 minutes.  Add the collard greens and stir in the vinegar, syrup, pepper flakes, broth and bring to a simmer. 


Cover and cook 30 minutes.  When ready to serve, season with salt and top with chopped bacon.

* I kept the bacon in the pan, tossed in the onion, cooked one minute then added the greens.

As you can see, we topped our greens with cheese. Love our cheese!


Ted’s comment: “How’d you make them taste so good?”  

My comment:  “I love the hint of maple flavor”.  

The syrup added just a breath of sweetness. The bacon put a wonderful salty, smoke essence on the greens. 

This is a great recipe by Ellie!

FOR JUNE 17TH, THE NEXT RECIPE FOR CEIMB has been chosen by: Kathryn of Grandmas Kitchen Table:   

How exciting…I would love to pick!  I have had my eye on page 196-198 in (Ellie’s book) “So Easy” for a long time hoping someone would pick it soon.  The recipe is Salmon Florentine and Quinoa Pilaf with Pine Nuts.

Cook On, CEimBers!


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  • At 2010.06.10 08:21, Lori (Finding Radiance) said:

    Sounds good. I tried collard greens once and they weren’t bad LOL!

    • At 2010.06.10 09:07, Peggy said:

      Joanne yours look great. I love the cheese idea! I have never thought of that. Thanks for choosing the greens. I loved them.

      • At 2010.06.10 09:46, Kayte said:

        This looks good…Ted’s comment is so inspiring. Big glitch here…I could not locate any collard greens…this is Indiana and apparently we don’t do collard greens. So, I made a rewind last night and am going to post that today later, unless I do find collard greens as I am making one last trip to Whole Foods and see if they have any, but it is a little drive to get there, so give me some time. I would like to try them as I have never had collard greens before (I grew up in Iowa and there is probably even less chance I could find them there). Thanks for picking something outside the box…always love to try new things, and you can bet the first time I find collard greens, I will go back and try this recipe.

        • At 2010.06.10 10:53, Monet said:

          These look so good. My grandmother use to make collard greens, but they didn’t look near as yummy as these. I love the thought of adding maple syrup to the mix. Thank you for sharing.

          • At 2010.06.10 11:50, Chaya said:

            I never had collard greens. Unfortunately, I only found about about this, last night and could not pull it off. This was a busy week. I started writing up my experience baking with the boys in my class. You learn a lot about your students when one bakes with them. I surely did.

            If there is news about S, please let me know. I have been concerned for quite a while and feeling helpless.

            • At 2010.06.10 12:39, kalli@fitandfortysomething said:

              i have never had collard greens! this looks good and i like that you used soy bacon 🙂

              • At 2010.06.10 14:07, Jenn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) said:

                Now, those are my kind of greens!! Cheese, bacon, maple — yes, please! 🙂


                • At 2010.06.10 21:57, runnerforever said:

                  Oh man does Salmon Florentine sound good!

                  • At 2010.06.10 22:11, Sarah said:

                    Thanks to you and Peggy for stepping up and picking a recipe, good choice!

                    • At 2010.06.10 22:35, Bri said:

                      Just wanted to say that I really appreciate the fact that you and Peggy both are still keeping us in the CEIMB group cooking! If you need help choosing recipes, I’d love to be a part of that!

                      I made the collard greens (for the first time ever) and loved them! They went over very well at my house.

                      Thanks again!

                      • At 2010.06.11 12:16, pegasuslegend said:

                        I love these greens never had them any other way but boiled fried in olive oil and garlic …..these sound very flavorful!

                        • At 2010.06.11 14:40, Liz said:

                          Looking forward to trying these this weekend – it will be my first experience with collard greens so I’m glad to hear it’s getting good reviews! Thanks for coordinating while Sara is away; hopefully the group will get back to normal soon 🙂

                          • At 2010.06.16 20:53, Margaret said:

                            Okay, the Hubs would like this (sans syrup) but me – not so much. Maybe with spinach.

                            Thanks for taking up the reins of CEinMB. I am picking after Kayte. Hope we hear from our Fearless Leader and hope she is okay….

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