1 pound collards, stems removed, cut into 1/2-inch strips
1 pound yellow onions, peeled, sliced 1/4-inch thick
1 pound pears, ripe, cored, sliced 1/4-inch thick
1/3 cup dried cherries (can substitute any dried fruit)
1/2 cup apple cider
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 1/2 cup smoked gouda, shredded
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
Sea salt to taste
In a large skillet over medium heat, sauté onions in olive oil with 1/4 teaspoon salt until caramelized, about 20 minutes. When soft, sprinkle with balsamic vinegar and let cool.
In a large pot, cook collard greens, covered, in 1/2 cup water until soft, about 8 minutes. Drain and set aside to cool.
In a small saucepan, combine apple cider with dried fruit and simmer over low heat until fruit is plump. Set aside to cool.
In a bowl, mix together onions, pears, collard greens, fruit with juice, apple cider vinegar, coriander and 1 1/2 cup cheese. Season with salt to taste. Transfer the mixture to an oiled 6-cup casserole dish, sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 cup cheese, and bake at 350F for about 45 minutes until the pears are soft.
We thank chef Annie McHale of Port Angeles for this recipe.