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Collard Green Kimchi Recipe

Collard Green Kimchi
Photographs copyright © 2022 by Kelly Marshall. Published by Clarkson Potter/Publishers, an imprint of Random House, a division of Penguin Random House LLC.

“I used to exclusively purchase kimchi at the store until a couple of Korean coworkers piqued my curiosity by telling me of how their families used to make it in huge batches, let it ferment, and have a stockpile that would last them for months. Southerners certainly aren’t strangers to fermenting and pickling, so I thought I’d give it a go.”

As told by Adrienne Cheatham in an excerpt from Sunday Best.

From the book SUNDAY BEST: Cooking Up the Weekend Spirit Every Day by Adrienne Cheatham with Sarah Zorn. Copyright © 2022 by Adrienne Cheatham. Photographs copyright © 2022 by Kelly Marshall. Published by Clarkson Potter/Publishers, an imprint of Random House, a division of Penguin Random House LLC.

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Makes 3 quarts

    Ingredients
  • 2 pounds collard greens
  • ¼ cup kosher or sea salt
  • ¼ cup gochugaru
  • 3 tablespoons fish sauce or 2
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated garlic
  • 2 teaspoons finely grated fresh ginger
  • 1 small daikon radish, peeled and cut into match-sticks
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and cut into match-sticks
  • 4 scallions, halved lengthwise
steps
  1. Bring 4 cups of water to a boil in a large pot. While it heats, trim stems that extend past the ends of the collard leaves, cut steams in half lengthwise, and set aside in a large heat-safe bowl. Cut the collard leaves crosswise into 2- to 3-inch wide strips and place them in the bowl with the stems. Sprinkle the salt over the greens and gently massage it into the leaves until they begin to soften.
  2. When the water comes to a boil, turn off heat and let stand for 3 minutes, then pour water over collards. Wait 5 minutes, then add 2 to 3 cups of ice to the bowl. Let collards stand for about 30 minutes, gently massaging them occasionally.
  3. Drain collards in a colander and rinse under cold running water; rinse out the bowl too. Return collards to the bowl, with cold water to cover, and let stand for about 10 minutes. Drain collards again and run cold water over them for 5 minutes, tossing occasionally to ensure water gets between the leaves.
  4. Combine gochugaru, fish sauce, sugar, garlic, and ginger in a small bowl. Add 2 tablespoons of water and stir to make a paste.
  5. Squeeze any excess water from the collards and return them to the bowl. Add daikon, carrot, scallions, and gochugaru paste and use your hands to work the paste into the veggies. Try to peel apart the collard leaves as much as possible so that the paste can get all up in there.
  6. Transfer collard mixture to a 3-quart glass jar (or multiple smaller jars) with an airtight lid, leaving about 2 inches of headspace at the top. Pour ¼ cup of water into the large bowl and swirl it around to pick up any seasonings left behind, then pour it into the jar.
  7. Screw lid onto jar and set it in a cool, dark place. Check the kimchi every day. After 2 or 3 days, you should start to see some bubbles forming near the bottom. Loosen the lid to allow gas to escape for about 5 minutes before retightening the lid. After about 5 days (fewer if your bubbles are very active), transfer the kimchi to the refrigerator to continue maturing. Loosen the lid periodically to vent gas.
  8. The kimchi can be eaten at any point, but it is best after a few days in the fridge (and stays good for about a month). The fun part is tasting a little each day and seeing how it’s coming along. It should develop more and more rich, melded, umami flavor the longer it sits. Next time you make it, you can adjust the seasonings to your taste.

From the book SUNDAY BEST: Cooking Up the Weekend Spirit Every Day by Adrienne Cheatham with Sarah Zorn. Copyright © 2022 by Adrienne Cheatham. Photographs copyright © 2022 by Kelly Marshall. Published by Clarkson Potter/Publishers, an imprint of Random House, a division of Penguin Random House LLC. 

  • Recipe by Adrienne Cheatham, <i>Sunday Best: Cooking Up the Weekend Spirit Every Day</i> (Clarkson Potter/Publishers) Copyright ©2022

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