Over the next three days I am going to share with you our standard and traditional New Years Day dinner. First you must serve greens so that you have plenty of money in the New Year. Second you must have black eye peas so that you will have plenty of luck in the New Year. Third you must have cornbread, so that you can soak up the pot liquor from the greens!
This recipe is lock, stock and barrel from The Grit Restaurant Cookbook. The only changes I made were to the Grit Yeast Gravy which I posted yesterday, simply as Vegetarian Gravy. Again, I highly recommend this cookbook. It is amazing and for the record I am not getting anything for saying this. My mom collects cookbooks from GA restaurants, churches, civic organizations, etc. She got this one, but being intimidated by the tofu recipes passed it on to me. I have never even been to this restaurant. Heck, as a non-UGA fan (Go Tech!), I as a rule have spent my life avoiding Athens. But I might have to amend that rule next time I am home just to eat at The Grit. I will however be wearing White and Gold when I do go (it is a Southern college football thing...don't worry if it makes no sense).
1 large bunch (about 3 pounds) fresh collard greens, well rinsed
3/4 cup Vegetarian Gravy
1/2 cup cider vinegar
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon sugar
2 teaspoons hot sauce
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1 3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- Strip the stems from the leaves of the greens. Roll handfuls of leaves as if rolling a cigar and cut into narrow strips, then chop the strips as needed into smaller pieces.
- Place greens into a large stockpot. Add enough water to cover the greens when the greens are forced down by hand to the bottom of your pot. Then add 3 cups of water.
- Place pot on the stove over medium high heat, stir in the remaining ingredients, and cover. Bring to a vigorous boil, stirring occasionally.
- Cook the greens for 1 to 1 1/2 hours, depending on the desired tenderness.
- Serve warm with some fresh cornbeard to soak up all that pot liquior!