If your already pinching your nose just from the title, believe me I completely understand. Growing up in the south the only way I had ever been presented collards was in a big casserole dish of mush and so naturally for the majority of my life I would politely pass on the mush dish. It wasn't until a year or two ago that a friend gave me her recipe for one of the best soups I've ever had. And guess what? It had collards in it, lots of them!
If tasting is believing then friends, pass the soup because it totally changed my views on those beautiful leafy greens. So if you've never been a fan you might give it a try, it just might convert you over too.
1 large onion, chopped
2-3 cups of diced red potatoes
1-2 tbsp garlic, minced
Smoked Summer sausage, sliced 1/4"
Pinch of cayenne
white beans, optional*
In a large stock pot, add a little bit of olive oil and throw in your onions and garlic. Saute until fragrant, about 1 min. Next add in your sliced collards and stir for a good 2-3 minutes until tender. Add all the remaining ingredients except the beans. Bring to boil, reduce and simmer for 15 minutes until potatoes are tender. Add beans if using and cook 5 more minutes. Serve hot with a slice of corn bread or rosemary bread.
**This recipe gets better with time, and is always the most flavorful on the second day. If your wanting healthier options, I buy turkey / ham by jennio and sub the summer sausage for smoked turkey kielbasa that I brown before adding in for extra flavor.**