Paprika Creamed Greens

Smoked paprika adds deep flavor and beautiful color to this rich and creamy side dish.

Paprika Creamed Greens
 
Yields: 6-8 Servings
Ingredients
  • 4½ teaspoons kosher salt, divided
  • 2 pounds fresh collard and mustard greens, stemmed and chopped
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 small red onion, sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1½ teaspoons smoked paprika
  • ¾ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 4 cups half-and-half
Instructions
  1. In a large Dutch oven, bring 4 inches water and 3 teaspoons salt to a boil over medium-high heat. Add greens; cook until crisp-tender, about 4 minutes. Remove using a slotted spoon, and place in an ice bath. Drain well, and squeeze dry.
  2. In a 12-inch enamel-coated cast-iron braiser, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion; cook until tender, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and thyme; cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in flour, paprika, and pepper; cook for 1 minute. Whisk in half-and-half until smooth; bring to a boil. Stir in greens and remaining 1½ teaspoons salt; reduce heat to medium-low. Cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, until sauce thickens, about 15 minutes.

 

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