Killer Collards

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 2 hr (includes resting time)
  • Active: 1 hr 10 min
  • Yield: 6 to 8 servings
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1 cup (8 ounces) Spiced Butter (recipe follows)

1 onion, chopped

2 Thai bird chiles, minced, or 1/2 teaspoon hot red pepper flakes

2 pounds collard greens, stemmed and chopped

1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

2 tablespoons brown sugar 

Coarse kosher salt 


  1. Melt the spiced butter in a large stockpot over medium-high heat. Add the onion and chiles and saute until the onion has softened, about 5 minutes. Add the collards and stir in the vinegar, brown sugar, and salt to taste and bring to a simmer. Turn the heat down to low, cover, and simmer until the greens are very tender, about 1 1/2 hours. Serve hot or warm.
  2. Spiced Butter: Melt 8 sticks (2 pounds) unsalted butter in a saucepan over low heat. Add 2 minced garlic cloves, 2 minced shallots, a 2-inch piece ginger (peeled, sliced, and smashed), 1 1/2 tablespoons coriander seeds, 1 tablespoon cumin seeds, 1 1/2 teaspoons fenugreek, 1 1/2 teaspoons ajwain, 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, and 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric. Simmer very gently for 30 minutes to infuse the flavors. Keep an eye on this; you don't want the milk solids to brown.
  3. Skim off all the foam and any floating seeds and let the butter sit for about 10 minutes for the milk solids to settle on the bottom.
  4. Carefully pour the spiced butter through a sieve lined with a few layers of cheesecloth into a container, leaving the solids behind. Let it cool, then cover and refrigerate. It will keep for months. Makes 3 cups Spiced Butter.