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JJ Johnson`s recipe for Collard Greens and Rice Soup
Sep 25

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By The Associated Press

Chef JJ Johnson created this soup so that he could incorporate some of the most basic ingredients he loves in one pot.

Potlikker is the term for the juice left from cooking seasoned collard greens, and that's what he used here to build the broth. Revered in Southern cooking, potlikker is super-flavorful and packed with vitamins and minerals. It was originally eaten for its nutritional value by enslaved people on Southern plantations, and to this day some people drink it straight.

The paprika adds a hint of smokiness, and finishing it with sherry vinegar gives the soup a bit of tang. You can find bunches of collard greens at the grocery store or farmers' market, or buy it pre-cut in a bag to make this simple recipe even quicker. After you add the collards and rice, the soup becomes thicker and less brothy. Any leftovers freeze well for future meals.

Active Cook Time: 50 minutes

Serves: 4

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

1 medium white onion, finely chopped

2 large carrots, finely chopped

2 stalks celery, finely chopped

2 tablespoons tomato paste

1 tablespoon garlic, minced

2 tablespoons smoked paprika

1 teaspoon ground coriander

1 teaspoon ground cumin

5 cups trimmed and sliced collard greens or one 12-ounce bag pre-cut collard greens

6 cups chicken stock

2 teaspoons kosher salt (preferably Diamond Crystal), plus more to taste

3 cups cooked long-grain white rice

1/4 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley

1 tablespoon sherry vinegar

Chili oil, for serving

Sour cream, for serving


By The Associated Press, Copyright 2023

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