Hi, I wanted to make the Sicilian Collard Greens with Pine Nuts and Raisins. I'm new to collard greens. When I buy them from the farmers market they just sell a big bag of loose leaves they've wrapped in rubberbands. I'm just wondering, for the sake of this recipe, how many of these very large leaves I should use. I'm so literal when it comes to cooking that I don't do well with "bunches" or "dashes" yet. lol....Thanks!!!
Hi catgirl! I made this recipe last night and I had the same question. I was at Whole Foods earlier in the day and they had the collard's in bunches of 8 - 10 leaves. I'm very new at vegan eating... and cooking! I wasn't sure what to do because it didn't seem like enough, although the leaves were huge! There was an older woman beside me and (for whatever reason I equate age with wisdom) I asked her, "Do you think this is a bunch?" She said, "Looks like it to me." And I felt a little bit silly... but shook it off! I had collard greens to cook!
I bought one of those bunches and it was just enough for 4 servings. The recipe in the book says that it serves 2 - 3, which it definitely would. When I make this recipe again for 4 people, I'll be buying 2 bunches (8 - 10 leaves per bunch).
The bunch I used had eight big leaves (and a couple of small). I didn't have pine nuts so I subsituted walnuts and the dish was yummy. Since my husband would never touch "my food", I've been enjoying this collard dish for three days. In fact, I'm finishing them up in a bowl of miso soup and barley because I ate too many chocolate peanut butter cups yesterday. :)
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