Garlicky Collard Pie

I haven’t posted a recipe on a Friday in a long time, but this week has just been so crazy I really don’t have time for anything more “in-depth” today.  But that’s okay, because as recipes go this one is pretty good – especially if you’re a fan of garlic.

I have a co-worker who is diabetic and no longer eats things like cereal and pancakes for breakfast, but complains that he is tired of eggs.  I can certainly understand that – most cultures have very strong ideas about what constitutes “breakfast food” and many Americans have trouble viewing last night’s leftovers as a viable option for their first meal of the day, even though it’s a good one.

I’m certainly guilty of this myself, so I’ve become rather adept at doing more or less creative things with eggs.   And when you make a dish like a frittata or a quiche or a soufflé, where eggs are merely the vehicle for the starring ingredients – in this case, the collard greens and garlic – you can really forget you’re eating what is basically an egg dish.

At any rate, I love going into my fridge on a Sunday morning and rummaging around to see what I can come up with.  I really like frittatas and quiches (and this is sort of a cross between the two) because you can add anything to them – and they’re a great way to make sure you and your family eat lots of leafy greens.  I used collard greens here, since that’s what I had on hand, but kale or mustard greens would work really well too.  And because I had some beautiful heads of garlic from the farmer’s market (and because Beloved and I love it), I decided to use quite a bit of that, as well; collards are a fairly hearty leafy green and stood up well to the aggressive flavors in the dish.

I was really pleased with this, and apparently so was Beloved; he’s been eating the leftovers all week.

This would not only make a great brunch (I served it with bacon and fresh grapefruit), but a nice light supper, as well, paired with a good salad.

Garlicky Collard Pie
Garlicky Collard Pie
Serves: 8
  • 2 tablespoons ghee, butter or lard
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 cups collards or other hearty greens, rinsed and chopped
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher or sea salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon freshly-ground black pepper
  • 2 ounces pecorino romano or other hard Italian cheese, shredded
  • 10 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup coconut milk plus 1/2 cup water or 1 1/4 cups half and half
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 F. Generously grease a 10″ deep-dish pie plate with butter or non-hydrogenated palm oil shortening.
  2. Melt the ghee in a large, heavy skillet over medium heat. Cook the onion until soft and almost translucent, about 5 minutes; add the garlic and cook for another minute more. Add the collard greens and cook, stirring frequently, until they are wilted. Season with the salt and pepper and remove from the heat.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs with the water, coconut milk, garlic powder, thyme and oregano until well blended. Spread the collard/onion mixture over the bottom of the greased pie plate; sprinkle the cheese evenly over the greens. Carefully pour the egg mixture over the cheese and greens.
  4. Bake the pie for 25 to 35 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.
  5. Cool for 30 minutes before cutting into wedges. Serve with a chunky salsa or warm marinara sauce.
  6. Nutrition (per serving): 203 calories, 15.5g total fat, 247.5mg cholesterol, 534.7mg sodium, 210.4mg potassium, 5.2g carbohydrates, 1.1g fiber, <1g sugar, 11.3g protein.


Posted in participation of Food Renegade’s Fight Back Friday

13 thoughts on “Garlicky Collard Pie”

  1. I love garlic, it’s just so delicious! I’ve never tasted collard greens, do they have a very distinct flavour from kale or chard?Great new header, Jan! It’s so fresh, cheerful and spring-like!

    1. Alex, we love garlic too – I made a cauliflower puree last night with roasted garlic that was just MARVELOUS; I’ll post the recipe if my photos come out well.

      Collards are a bit stronger in flavor than chard, but milder in flavor than kale, while having a similar texture. They’re very popular in Southern cuisine; I’m from Texas and absolute adore them. They hold up well to braising; cook them sometime in a little chicken stock and/or water with a fatty hunk of ham or pork, then sprinkle them with a little vinegar when you serve them. To. Die. For.

  2. I’ve always claimed not to like quiches, but I tend to then take the leftovers to work and scoff them by 10am, not sure where that leaves me.

  3. I loved this. But I LOVE LOVE LOVE Collards! They are my favorite green – they stand up well but require more time.

  4. Sounds delicious. I’ve been spending time at a software development house that has catered breakfast for their staff. They almost always put out some roasted vegetables – even brussel sprouts. I’ve been loving it.

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