At least that's what I thought until my sister moved to Brazil brought her Brazilian husband back to the US (yes, this is another Brazilian story) and then introduced to me to how delicious collard greens could be. Called couve in Portuguese (pronounced ko-vee), these greens are a common side dish served with rice and beans at many a Brazilian meal. My husband has fond memories of eating couve during the time he also lived in Brazil, and to say he was excited about figuring out how to make it is an understatement.
Our first task was identifying which vegetable couve actually was. The dictionary called it kale, but my bro-in-law and husband said the leaves didn't match (too curly). After perusing the produce section, we finally settled on collard greens and rushed home to douse them in a bit of oil and salt, resulting in one ecstatic husband.
Recipe by Kelly
Pictures by Kelly
1 bunch collard greens, washed, rolled, and thinly sliced
1/4 cup onion, finely chopped
1 large garlic clove, minced
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon water
1/4 teaspoon salt, or more to taste
- Heat the oil on medium-high heat in a large skillet. Add onions and cook until softened, 3-5 minutes. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute.
- Add collard greens and saute about 1 minute. Add tablespoon of water and cover. Let cook about 2 minutes (the greens should be a little wilted but not soggy). Add salt and serve.