Jonathan Dille, Executive Chef, The Grange, Providence
We make this recipe by first smoking our onions in a smoker to enhance the flavor of the collard greens. If you don’t have access to a smoker you can simply caramelize the onions as explained below.
1 large yellow onion, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/2 tablespoons crushed red pepper
Kosher or sea salt
2 bunches collards, stems removed and sliced 1/4 inch thick
2 cups vegetable stock
2 tablespoons sesame seeds
1 tablespoon whole cumin seeds
2 tablespoons sunflower seeds
2 tablespoons pumpkin seeds
2 thinly sliced radishes (optional garnish)
Heat oil in a large pot. Add onions and cook over low heat until onions begin to turn a golden brown, approximately 25 minutes. Add crushed red pepper, pinch salt, collard greens and stock. Cover and reduce to low heat, stirring regularly. Cook until collard greens soften and reduce in size, about 30 minutes. Season with salt to taste.
In a small pan over low heat add sesame seeds, cumin, sunflower and pumpkin seeds and toast until seeds are lightly browned and fragrant. Serve greens garnished with toasted seed mix. Serves 2–4.