I was cleaning out some of the greens in my refrigerator over the weekend and made a hot collard, apple and leek dish as a starter for dinner. It can be considered a warm salad and has a lovely flavor with the leeks and apples. Add some feta cheese to the top and enjoy. You can also make the leeks, garlic and apples as a slaw that you can use cold for sandwiches or hot as a topping for chicken breasts of other meat.
Collards with Apples and Leeks
1 -2 TBLSPs of Olive Oil
1 bunch of Collards, remove stems and cut into slices
1 bunch of Leeks, cleaned and cut in small rounds
4 Apples (or two if they are larger than the ones in our share)
2 Cloves of Garlic (or more if they are smaller than the amazing garlic in our share)
1/2 cup of White Wine
1 TBLSP of Rice Vinegar
Kosher Salt and Black Pepper
Feta Cheese for the topping
Start a saute pan with half of the olive oil and saute the leeks, salt and pepper until golden. Add the garlic and apples (slice in half and core then add slices to the pan). Add more oil if necessary to the pan. This makes a nice slaw that you can use for sandwiches if you want to stop the recipe here. Add the wine and vinegar and let cook off for a few minutes. Add the collards and cover 3/4 of the way the pot to steam. I use an oval lid from another pot to achieve this in a few minutes. Add feta cheese and serve. Enjoy!
Amy Hetager, CSA Blogger