Vegan Collard Greens
1 onion, halved
1 quart unsalted or low sodium vegetable stock
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
2 pounds collard greens, stems removed (if desired), washed, and cut into strips
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon smoked paprika + more to taste
Heat a little bit of oil in a large pot over medium to medium-high heat. Add the onion cut-side down and cook until charred.
Add the vegetable stock, salt, garlic powder, black pepper, red pepper flakes and smoked paprika to the pot and bring to a boil.
Add the cut collard greens to the vegetable broth, cover, and let simmer until nice and silky, anywhere from 45 minutes to 2 hours (or more).
Add the vinegar, taste, and adjust the seasonings as you see fit. Serve.
Creamy Homemade Baked Mac and Cheese
This baked mac and cheese is a family favorite recipe, loved by children and adults.
1 lb. dried elbow pasta
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1 1/2 cups whole milk
2 1/2 cups heavy cream
4 cups grated medium sharp cheddar cheese divided (measured after grating)
2 cups grated Gruyere cheese divided (measured after grating)
1/2 Tbsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/4 tsp. Onion powder
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F and grease a 3 qt baking dish (9x13"). Set aside.
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. When boiling, add dried pasta and cook 1 minute less than the package directs for al dente. Drain and drizzle with a little bit of olive oil to keep from sticking.
While water is coming up to a boil, grate cheeses and toss together to mix, then divide into three piles. Approximately 3 cups for the sauce, 1 1/2 cups for the inner layer, and 1 1/2 cups for the topping.
Melt butter in a large saucepan over MED heat. Sprinkle in flour and whisk to combine. Mixture will look like very wet sand. Cook for approximately 1 minute, whisking often. Slowly pour in about 2 cups or so of the milk/heavy , while whisking constantly, until smooth. Slowly pour in the remaining milk/half and half, while whisking constantly, until combined and smooth.
Continue to heat over MED heat, whisking very often, until thickened to a very thick consistency. It should almost be the consistency of a semi thinned out condensed soup.
Remove from the heat and stir in spices and 1 1/2 cups of the cheeses, stirring to melt and combine. Stir in another 1 1/2 cups of cheese, and stir until completely melted and smooth.
In a large mixing bowl, combine drained pasta with cheese sauce, stirring to combine fully. Pour half of the pasta mixture into the prepared baking dish. Top with 1 1/2 cups of grated cheeses, then top that with the remaining pasta mixture.
Sprinkle the top with the last 1 1/2 cups of cheese and bake for 15 minutes, until cheesy is bubbly and lightly golden brown.
Mac and Cheese can be made ahead:
Make as directed (but do not bake), transfer to baking dish and cool completely. Cover tightly with foil and refrigerate 1-2 days ahead.
Before baking, let dish sit on counter for 30 minutes.
Bake at recipe temperature for 25-35 minutes, until hot and bubbly.
FIVE CHEESE VARIATION:
Replace cheese amounts with the following:
2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
1 cup Colby cheese, shredded
1 cup Muenster cheese, shredded
1 1/2 cups Gruyere cheese, shredded
1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
FOR A CRUNCHIER TOPPING AND FIRMER CONSISTENCY:
Prepare recipe as directed but bake at 350 or 375 F degrees for 20-30 minutes. Broil at the end of baking for approximately 2-5 minutes, until golden brown and crunchy.
Calories: 665kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 41g | Saturated Fat: 25g | Cholesterol: 126mg | Sodium: 700mg | Potassium: 300mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1320IU | Vitamin C: 0.6mg | Calcium: 711mg | Iron: 1.3mg
Southern Candied Yams
Candied yams is a old fashioned side dish that's slow cooked in a candied mixture on the stove-top with warm spices, sugar and butter.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Servings 5 people
2lb sweet potatoes
3/4 cup dark brown sugar or light brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp ginger
1/4 tsp salt
2 tbsp vanilla extract
1 stick butter
4 tbsp frozen orange juice concentrate thawed
1 tablespoon bourbon (Bull Young preferred )
Scrub, peel and slice your yams into 1/2 inch rounds. In a medium pot over medium high heat, combine the sweet potatoes and the rest of th