This isn't the traditional preparation for collards, but I like it much better! Here in the South, cooked greens are eaten on New Years Day to represent wealth in the new year -- especially green dollar bills. The more you eat, the more money that will come your way!
I'd love to hear about your New Years' food traditions from your family our your part of the country! Be sure to post in the comments section to share your story!
1 bunch collard greens
2 tablespoons water
5 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon sea salt
1. Clean greens by removing center rib, trim and wash thoroughly.
2. Tear clean greens into pieces or sliced into ribbons.
3. In a large, deep skillet, warm olive oil over medium-low heat. Add half of minced cloves and saute for about 1 minute.
4. Add greens, water and salt. Toss to coat.
5. Cover and steam greens for about 10 minutes or until wilted and bright green.
6. Add remaining garlic, a drizzle of olive oil and cover. Cook one more minute.
7. Serve immediately.