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Cottage Cheese with Collard Greens
An Ethiopian favorite, these flavorful greens have an interesting addition-cottage cheese.
Yield: serves 4
- 1 1⁄2 lb. collard greens, stemmed and roughly chopped
- 1 lb. cottage cheese
- 1 (1″) piece peeled and sliced fresh ginger
- 3 cloves garlic
- 2 Tbsp. nit’r qibe (Ethiopian Spiced Butter) or unsalted butter
- 1 small yellow onion, chopped
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
- Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and add greens. Cook until tender, about 25 minutes. Drain in a colander; press with bottom of a ladle or measuring cup to extract liquid. Finely chop greens; set aside.
- Put cottage cheese into a strainer over a bowl; let drain.
- Combine ginger and garlic in a mini food processor with 3 tbsp. water; purée. Set paste aside.
- Heat Ethiopian spiced butter or unsalted butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onions and cook until translucent, 6–8 minutes. Add ginger–garlic paste; cook, stirring, until fragrant, 3–4 minutes.
- Add greens and season with salt and pepper to taste. Cook, stirring, until hot. Transfer to a bowl; stir in cottage cheese.