Collard greens gets a make over with this creamy and delicious side dish! Creamed Collard Greens are just as delicious as their spinach counter parts. They come together quickly and taste rich and delicious! It’s a great way to get your family to eat their greens! This post is sponsored by Seasonal Roots, but all opinions are my own.
So, there I was minding my own business and blogging away when Seasonal Roots contacted me. They reached out to me because I belong to a Virginia bloggers groups. Not that I do much with that group, but I am a member none the less.
A little bit about Season Roots –
- The company started in 2011 because their founder, Duane, wanted to connect local farmers with their consumers.
- They support sustainable farming. This does not necessarily mean organic or all those popular things. Sustainable means they consider not just the food they grow but the land it’s grown on. They also consider the impact it makes to the ecosystem.
- They deliver to your home or office within a few days of harvest. They call it Dirt to Doorstep® which I think is such a fun phrase.
- Deliveries are convenient and made by someone who lives near you. How awesome is that?
Since Seasonal Roots delivers Dirt to Doorstep® they have specific areas where they deliver along the east coast. I am lucky enough to be right on the edge of their delivery area for Northern Virginia. So much so that they put my address in Google Maps to make sure I wasn’t too far. They also deliver in the Richmond, Newport News, and the Norfolk, Chesapeake, and Virginia Beach area. You can see if they deliver to your area here.
Now, I have to tell you the story that came to be my delivery from Seasonal Roots. When they say convenient deliveries, I’m here to tell you Ruth was very accommodating in my delivery. It’s not that I don’t trust my neighbors, but we do have some kids that might get a little nosy. So, I had concerns that my shipment wouldn’t be there when I got home.
The hubs and I wouldn’t be home until around 6 that night. The delivery was being made around 10 that morning. So, I was thinking it needs to be cool and, well, I don’t want it go missing before I get home.
They were so accommodating that the person making the delivery texted me when they got to me house. I opened the garage door so they could put the food in the cooler I had put on the chest freezer we keep in the garage. I had several ice packs in there and it would be out of the sun so there was no worry it wouldn’t be fresh by the time I got home. When they finished, I closed the garage door and they went on their way.
When I got home, I was amazed at the amount of produce I received!
- 4 bell peppers
- 5 Asian pears
- 4 LARGE Fuji apples
- 4 regular Granny Smith apples
- Package of grape tomatoes
- 3 broccoli crowns
- 3 green tomatoes
- 2 sweet potatoes
- 4 Roma tomatoes
- A bunch of collard greens
- A HUGE daikon radish
The first 8 items were part of the Family Basket. They had some leftovers so they will me extras! It’s a good thing I was because I would have had to share a completely different recipe.
They have three deliver sizes. The Easy Basket has 5 choices, the Family Basket has 8 choices, and the Veggie Lover Basket has 11 choices. The Family Basket, which I received, is $35. And it is worth every penny! The produce tasted amazing. Their broccoli has so much flavor and texture compared the grocery store.
The tomatoes! Oh my goodness they didn’t taste like plastic. They tasted like tomatoes! And the apples? Super sweet and delicious. I made an apple cake with the Fuji apples. I’ll be sharing that recipe soon. It was so so good.
And so are these creamed collard greens.
I have to tell you, the hubs wasn’t raised on greens like me. We had kale often. We didn’t have collards so much, but kale was a staple of our diet. And not the fried or rubbed stuff you find today. It is straight up kale cooked forever with either country ham or bacon. And they are just delicious!
He can’t get past the bitterness of greens. And yes, they are bitter. I read some tips about trying to cook them so they did not taste bitter. Blanche. Yeah, I can see that maybe. Add stronger flavored ingredients. So, mask the bitterness. Okay. Add some acid! That’s why many in the south put vinegar on their greens. However, the hubs doesn’t like vinegar either. Lose lose.
Finally they suggest braising. Of course, in this creamed collard greens recipe you’re sort of braising them in the cream and butter. But I’m of the mind set that anything cooked with cream, butter, and cheese cannot be all that bad. I devoured mine and ate the leftovers. He ate his and said they were okay, but bitter. I knew this would be the response. And I’m okay with that.
If you like collards as much as I do, then you’re going to love these creamed collard greens. They are rich, full of cheese, and a great way to get your kids to eat their greens! Collards are packed full of nutrients, too. Yes, I know. The butter, cream, and cheese offset the healthy in the collards, but all in moderation, right? Just don’t eat the whole pan. It will be difficult, but try not to.
Okay, so I did the cardinal sin of cheese and reheated it in the microwave. Do not let these photos fool you. When you serve it fresh from the skillet it’s creamy and oh so delicious. Reheating it in the microwave made the fat separate from everything and it just pools there. No matter how many paper towels I used, I just couldn’t get it to not look like it’s swimming.
So, please don’t judge me!
I could have eaten the whole pan. I’m not kidding. These creamed collard greens were creamy good. And I added a touch of nutmeg to bring the flavors around. Do you do that? Add a touch of nutmeg when you have cream and cheese together? If not, you should try it. It really does round out the flavors. Alfredo is the best but I typically add nutmeg anytime I make a cheese sauce.
Even macaroni and cheese.
Since this was a sponsored post I was at the whim of the person making the delivery to provide me with my Family Basket. When it’s your Family Basket (or Easy or Veggie Lover) you have some control over the produce you receive.
My “market” opens Friday at 2pm. I have until Sunday to swap or create a whole box from scratch. The only constraints you have are what produce is in season for your area. It is always best to eat what is in season.
Seasonal Roots has extras to add to your delivery. They offer artisanal goods, gluten free items, dairy products, baked goods, meats, and even prepared foods. Their selections are awesome and the food has the best flavor. It tastes how it’s supposed to taste. If that makes any sense.
They have a great how to order post on their blog. It’s super easy and well worth the investment. It doesn’t cost any more than the produce would in the store. And, the quality is much better because you know it hasn’t travelled hundreds of miles to get to your grocery store. It’s travel a few miles to get to your door.
I hope you visit their site and place an order. I can’t wait for my market to open again so I can order another delivery. Make sure you follow them on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, and check out their blog The Veggie Fairy Blog. They have great recipe ideas, meet your farmer, and tips for ways to cook the produce. As an added bonus, new members new members can sign up for just $10 through Feb. 24 using code Eatlocal93.
Creamed Collard Greens are just as delicious as their spinach counter parts. They come together quickly and taste rich and delicious! It’s a great way to get your family to eat their greens!
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 3 cloves garlic
- 1/2 cup onion
- 2 cups greens
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 1/2 cup Swiss cheese
- 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
- pinch nutmeg
- Collard greens gets a make over with this creamy and delicious side dish! Creamed Collard Greens are just as delicious as their spinach counter parts. They come together quickly and taste rich and delicious! It’s a great way to get your family to eat their greens!
- Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the butter and swirl until melted.
- Saute the garlic and onion until fragrant; about 2 to 3 minutes. Add the greens and toss to coat in the butter. Cook the collard greens about 7 to 10 minutes or until wilted.
- Stir in the remaining ingredients and simmer until thick and creamy.