Once again we are blessed here on Herd Management to have Chef Eric Bern, more popularly known as The Bearded Farmer, giving us one of his recipes for cooking up a Southern favorite. Let’s learn how to cook Greens! Whether they be Collard, Turnip, or Mustard, they’re a Southern cooking staple and even if you’re not from Here it’s a fantastic thing to be able to prepare. They’re readily available this time of year due to being planted in early Fall as a cold weather crop. For starters, greens are cheap! You can get them for low prices, especially if you’re willing to stop at a roadside produce stand and support a local farmer.
You want good nutrition? Check out these impressive nutritional stats: One cup of boiled turnip greens contain 29 calories, 2 grams of protein, 0 gram of fat, 6 grams of carbohydrate, 5 grams of fiber and 1 gram of sugar, 660% of your daily needs for vitamin K, 220% of vitamin A, 66% of vitamin C, 42% of folate, 20% of calcium needs, 14% of vitamin E and 6% of iron. All of that Vitamin C factors in having the healthy skin and nails we all want as well as helping our bodies to absorb iron. Greens can aid in better athletic performances, positively impact sleep and mood, Diabetes, and more.
Ditch the insane amount of dietary supplements you take each day, get your Southern on, and cook your family a big pot of Greens!
Here’s what you will need to prepare the Bearded Farmer’s Greens Recipe:
2-3 Pounds of any Greens (Mixture of Turnip, Mustard, and Collards is the best!)
1/2 Cup Sugar for 2-3 Pounds Greens
1/2 Stick of Butter
3 Tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
4 Cloves Garlic
2 Links Sausage, chopped
Couple dabs of Hot Sauce
Couple dabs of Pepper Sauce
Salt to taste
3-5 Cups of Chicken Stock
Water to fill the rest of the pot
Dice the onions and chop your garlic cloves. Place these in the pot.
Sauté the onions with the garlic with the butter and oil.
Put all of the greens on top of the sauteing onions and garlic.
Mix it all together then pour a cup of chicken stock on top of it. Place the lid on top.
Once you can see the steam starting to rise, pour the remaining ingredients in!
Simmer for as long as you want, but the Bearded Farmer recommends 5 hours on low… and he knows what he’s talking about, y’all.
Enjoy these with any meal, but to me they go great with pork. Teach your children how to cook greens and they will never be at a loss for what to cook when they need to bring something to a covered-dish dinner or when they need their fix of home cooking.
Follow Chef Eric, The Bearded Farmer on Instagram! His pictures are fantastic and will usually make you hungry.A big thanks to Eric for sharing his recipe and photos for this post!