Instant Pot Collard Greens

Instant Pot Collard Greens Recipe: A Quick and Flavorful Thanksgiving Side Dish

Thanksgiving is a time for cherished traditions and delicious feasts. Elevate your holiday table with this Instant Pot collard greens recipe, which combines the rich flavors of Southern cuisine with the convenience of modern cooking. In this blog post, we’ll guide you through the steps to create a mouthwatering dish that will leave your guests asking for seconds and even thirds.

Instant Pot Advantages:

  • The Instant Pot not only speeds up the cooking process but also ensures that the flavors are locked in, resulting in collard greens that are tender, flavorful, and nutrient-rich.
  • Unlike traditional stovetop cooking, the Instant Pot requires minimal attention once you’ve set it. This means you can focus on other aspects of your Thanksgiving meal preparation.
  • The pressure cooking method of the Instant Pot allows for efficient nutrient retention, ensuring that you get the most out of the collard greens’ health benefits.

Ingredients:

1 large pre packaged bag of cut and cleaned collard greens 

1 medium white onion, chopped

1/2 a package of bacon, chopped

2 links of andouille sausage, chopped into half moons

1 small red bell pepper, chopped

1 small yellow bell pepper, chopped

1 bay leaf

1 tbsp of garlic paste

1 tbsp of smoked paprika

1 tbsp onion powder

1 tbsp garlic powder

1 tsp cajun seasoning

1 tbsp apple cider vinegar

1 tbsp of light brown sugar

2 bouillon cubes

1/3 cup of sweet Riesling white wine

Salt & pepper to taste

2 cups of hot water

Directions:

  1. Heat a large braising pot to medium heat
  2. Brown bacon & sausage for 5-7 minutes until crispy
  3. To the rendered fat add onions and bell peppers, sauté until fragrant, about 2-3 minutes
  4. Season with powder seasonings and mix well
  5. Deglaze with hot water and scrape all the brown bits off the bottom of the pan
  6. Add collard greens, garlic and bay leaf to the pan
  7. Cover the pan with a tight fitting lid and allow the greens to cook for about 3 minutes
  8. After three minutes, remove the lid and add white wine, apple cider vinegar, salt and pepper to taste
  9. Give it a stir and turn off the stove
  10. Transfer greens and liquid to instant pot and cook on high pressure for 15 minutes, natural release
  11. After natural release, remove the greens from the instant pot and allow the broth to reduce on simmer
  12. Add 1 tbsp of light brown sugar for optional flavor enhancement
  13. After about 5-7 minutes of reducing, turn off the instant pot sauté function and pour the broth back over the greens
  14. Serve warm & enjoy
Yield: 6 servings

Instant Pot Collard Greens

Instant Pot Collard Greens
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 large pre packaged bag of cut and cleaned collard greens
  • 1 medium white onion, chopped
  • 1/2 a package of bacon, chopped
  • 2 links of andouille sausage, chopped into half moons
  • 1 small red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 small yellow bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tbsp of garlic paste
  • 1 tbsp of smoked paprika
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp cajun seasoning
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp of light brown sugar
  • 2 bouillon cubes
  • 1/3 cup of sweet Riesling white wine
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 2 cups of hot water

Instructions

  1. Heat a large braising pot to medium heat
  2. Brown bacon & sausage for 5-7 minutes until crispy
  3. To the rendered fat add onions and bell peppers, sauté until fragrant, about 2-3 minutes
  4. Season with powder seasonings and mix well
  5. Deglaze with hot water and scrape all the brown bits off the bottom of the pan
  6. Add collard greens, garlic and bay leaf to the pan
  7. Cover the pan with a tight fitting lid and allow the greens to cook for about 3 minutes
  8. After three minutes, remove the lid and add white wine, apple cider vinegar, salt and pepper to taste
  9. Give it a stir and turn off the stove
  10. Transfer greens and liquid to instant pot and cook on high pressure for 15 minutes, natural release
  11. After natural release, remove the greens from the instant pot and allow the broth to reduce on simmer
  12. Add 1 tbsp of light brown sugar for optional flavor enhancement
  13. After about 5-7 minutes of reducing, turn off the instant pot sauté function and pour the broth back over the greens
  14. Serve warm & enjoy

Nutritional Benefits:

  • Collard greens are a powerhouse of nutrients, rich in vitamins A, C, and K, as well as fiber and antioxidants. They make a healthy and delicious addition to your Thanksgiving spread.

Conclusion:

With the help of your Instant Pot, preparing collard greens for your Thanksgiving feast has never been easier. This recipe seamlessly combines Southern tradition with modern convenience, ensuring a flavorful and nutrient-packed side dish for your holiday table. Embrace the benefits of using an Instant Pot and enjoy the ease and deliciousness it brings to your holiday cooking endeavors. Whether you choose classic bacon or opt for a leaner smoked turkey, these collard greens are bound to become a beloved addition to your Thanksgiving repertoire. Enjoy the ease and deliciousness of Instant Pot cooking this holiday season!

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