How to Cook Collard Greens Couve a Mineira
Couve a Mineira means cooked in the style of Minas Gerais, Brazil. These thin ribbons of collard greens are cooked in bacon fat ever so briefly, until they've just turned bright green and begun to wilt noticeably. We're talking one minute or a smidge more. Have you ever heard of such a thing? The result is a breath of fresh air.
The slight bitterness of the crisp-tender greens threatens to melt into the depths of bacony goodness, only to be revived by the bright tang of lemon. With only about fifteen minutes prep from start to finish, Collard Greens Couve a Miniera has become an instant classic at our house. Hope you'll love it, too.
For a tasty vegan version of this collard greens recipe, omit the bacon, use olive oil, and add a generous sprinkle of smoked paprika.
- 1 bunch collard greens (about 1 pound)
- 3 slices center-cut bacon
- 6 cloves garlic, minced
- Juice of 1/2 lemon
- Fine sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
- Wash collard greens. Carefully strip or cut leaves from stems and discard stems. Stack leaves one on top of the next. Roll leaves from stem end to tip into a cigar shape. Cut cigar crosswise into strips 1/8-inch thick (as you would to chiffonade herbs, but a little thicker).
- Cut bacon crosswise into 1/4-inch batons. Place a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat and cook bacon until crisp, stirring occasionally. Add garlic and collard greens to pan and cook, stirring constantly until collards are just wilted and bright green, about 1 minute. Add lemon juice and salt and pepper to taste. Serve hot.