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Old 02-21-2013, 07:59 AM   #1
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Pork Fat & Collard Greens!

Discovered my local IGA sold packages of pork-fat trimmings the other day. Grabbed some, and a back of collard-greens.

Just now, took out my cast iron... cooked up pieces of fat like bacon: Dropped it on a HOT cast-iron pan, and cooked until brown & crispy all over.

When I was done, I had a measurable pool of liquid fat in the bottom of my pan... So I grabbed a handful of chopped collard greens and tossed 'em in... Stirred 'em around till they were nice & limp but still "bright" green, then tossed 'em in a bowl. (By then, my pan was shiny but had NO standing oil.)

Oh. My. Goodness!

Based on how many greens I used, this may be 4 net carbs. Maybe. Lots of A, C, Folate... And with the crispy bits of cooked fat tossed in (YUM!) along with the fat they were cooked in... I don't think I'm going to be hungry for a WHILE!

This is SOOOOooo good! I always crave greens this time of year! As I was cooking up, I found myself thinking, "What would Laura Ingalls Wilder do?"
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10/26/2012: 39.0% 10/27/2012: 39.2%
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10/31/2012: 38.6% 11/02/2012: 36.5%
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Old 02-21-2013, 08:02 AM   #2
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Yummy for my tummy! Now that sounds great to me!
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Old 02-21-2013, 09:46 AM   #3
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Yeah... Did I say that was gonna be filling?

I didn't quite finish it! I got full.

So. Good.

I just went in the kitchen, and fried up another pan of fat (chopped smaller) to act as "crispies", then took out a bunch and set it aside to make collard greens for everyone for dinner. Then stashed the rest (it was a SIX POUND package) in the freezer for now.

I gotta get a spatter-screen if I'm going to keep doing this!
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Old 02-21-2013, 10:11 AM   #4
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I want to come to your house for dinner. I'll bring the splatter screen. Yum!
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Old 02-21-2013, 11:43 AM   #5
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That sounds just perfect!
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Yummy! I make a similar dish sometime using bacon and cabbage! I brown chopped up bacon then add the cut up cabbage and cook it in the bacon fat. I will have to find the pork trimmings though! That would be great with fresh spinach too!
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Old 02-21-2013, 06:39 PM   #7
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lol Everyone enjoyed it tonight... even hubby who'd already eaten dinner at work.

My Little Girl is a hugely picky eater, and wouldn't eat more than a bite or two of the collards... but she picked out the "brown pieces" and ate them all.

Mind you, hubby was a big "win". He's normally opposed to cooking any kind of leaf. He won't even CONSIDER steamed spinach, for example. It's "gross" to him. But he tried it, and liked it enough that he took Little Girl's un-finished plate (which he added some more cooked fat to~chuckles~) Me? I grew up on greens... Used to love dandelion greens when they came in season, too. And we picked 'em from the yard, rather than finding them in the salad mix at the store! But yeah... the pork-fat MADE this!

Will have to try the spinach (and cabbage) sometime, too! They're both a bit "lighter" tasting, though, and right now... I want something deep and dark green... Mmmm.
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Old 02-22-2013, 06:01 AM   #8
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I do this with cabbage and bacon. Then sprinkle with vinegar and sweetener. Incredible!
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Now you're talking my kind of meal! I love greens cooked like that. Kale is great done that way, too.
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