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By now, it’s no secret I love my hand blender. (What? You mean you didn’t know?) However, I must admit to being quite intimidated by some of the other appliances loafing around my kitchen. For instance? How about the Super Scary Slow Cooker!

*Cue the Twilight Zone music to play in the background*

But everyone knows that the only way to get over a fear is to face it head-on. So, one dark and cold morning, I put on a brave face (CCK-warrior face!) and pulled out that slow cooker. For my first battle with the slow cooker, I tried my hand at a southern staple: collard greens. And I discovered the slow cooker’s not so scary after all!

slow cooker collard greens

A delicious southern-comfort meal: Collards, roasted red peppers, an apple, seitan with ketchup, and wheatberry pilaf. On another occasion, I enjoyed my collards with chickpeas:

chickpeas collard greens

Collards à la CCK

  • A 1lb bag of chopped collards (such as Glorybrand)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 cup broth (I use Imagine No-Chick’n Broth)
  • 1-2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • up to 1 teaspoon salt, or to taste

Turn the slow cooker onto high power and put in the chopped onion, salt, garlic, and a little broth or oil. After about 10 minutes, stuff the collards into the crock pot, and change the setting to low. Leave on for 6 hours, stirring every few hours. Turn off the crock pot and add the vinegar. Stir again. Enjoy your victory over the slow cooker. Muahahahaha!

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Katie is the baker, photographer, and author of the popular blog Chocolate-Covered Katie. Her favorite food is chocolate, and she believes in eating a balanced diet that includes dessert every single day. More about Katie—> 

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  1. Ricki says:

    I understand the fear of slow cookers–I don’t even have one! But those collards look mighty fine. I bet I could just cook ’em for a reeeeaaaaalllllyyyy long time. . .

    Congrats on your award–well deserved! 🙂

  2. Erin of Care to Eat says:

    THIS IS PERFECT. I’ve never made collards but we’re having them for Christmas and I needed a vegan recipe. YOU SAVED ME CCV!
    ANd anything I can throw in the slow cooker is fine by me! 😀

  3. ConsiderEatz! says:

    You are such a doll!
    What a perfect post to be shouted out to on too! I loooooove me some collards! Any green is a winner in my book, but these babies are close to my heart for sure 🙂

  4. shelby says:

    I LOVE your post title…so cute!

    Mmm, I wish I had the patience to cook in the slow cooker. I’ll admit I’m a little scared of how to use it but the big reason I don’t use it is because I would be sneaking peaks and wanting to eat the food within the first hour!

  5. foodfashionfun says:

    aww thanks:D

  6. Robin says:

    I’ve never tried collards – in fact am a little wary of them, but if I ever see them in the UK I’ll definitely give the a shot. Anything green I love!

  7. Fitnessista says:

    YES! i’ve been waiting for someone to post a recipe on how to cook collards since i’m always afraid to buy them. YOU ARE A GENIUS MISS CCV! thank you thank you thank you!

  8. Patrick says:

    I want a good crock pot sooo bad!

  9. Virginia says:

    i love my slow cooker…i use it for soups, chili, beans, and to keep things like mashed potatoes warm when serving to company!!

  10. ttfn300 says:

    great idea for using the slow cooker for collards!!! i’ll have to give it a shot 🙂

  11. lighterportions says:

    Just the WORD slow cooker scares me. There is one lying hidden in the highest, most inaccessible cupboard in our kitchen… dare I pull it out one of these days? Maybe maybe!

  12. Vegan_Noodle says:

    Had to laugh at your post title!

    I need to get me a slow cooker… but more importantly I need to overcome my fear of collards! I love kale and chard, so I’m sure I would like collards too!

    Hope you’re having a wonderful holiday!

  13. TavoLini says:

    I loooooooooove collards! Congrats on getting over your fear of the crock pot!

    It’s always interesting to cook with a new gadget. I’ve had a pressure cooker for a few months now…and am too scared to try it. I think it’ll be my New Year’s resolution 😉

  14. vegannurse says:

    I just recently had some kale greens done the southern way and I really liked ’em!

    I agree about the slow cooker, it’s so scary! But I may have to brave it to, since it produced such a yummy veggie for you!

    As for the question on my blog:
    You can totally do a post about your gift, if you so wish. 😀 You didn’t have to ask me, though I thank you for your consideration.

    3 days til Christmas! 🙂

  15. Ruby Red Vegan says:

    Your southern-comfort meal looks so amazing! I also like how you prepare your meals quickly but eat ’em nice and slow. That is an awesome mindset. And it must be nice to have a slow-cooker to be scared of; I don’t have one but would probably be too lazy to prep my veggies 6 hours in advance. I am so bad about doing everything at the last minute!

  16. Jackie says:

    Never bothered to get a slow cooker, pressure cookers are more my style, half an hour and everything is ready.

    I had a hand blender for years and never used it until I found nothing in my kitchen made hummus properly except it, now virtually all blending I do with it.

  17. Animal-Friendly says:

    I really have to use my slow cooker more. My mom’s recently become obsessed with it, but I want to get in on the fun! And I’ve never had collard greens, but they’ve got to be awesome and I think it’s about time I made some myself.

  18. Green Eyes, Green Heart says:

    Oh, how I have been CRAVING collard greens!! I can’t wait to try this recipe, um, RIGHT NOW! 🙂

  19. Melody Polakow says:

    Collards rock! Glad you got over your fear of the slow cooker. I used to be afraid of pressure cookers, but am super thrilled I got over that!

  20. russ says:

    i like the sound of your blender – i’m hoping santa has overheard me yell at the top of my voice how much I want one too!

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