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The Sweet and Savory Favorites of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Jan 14, 2014

The Sweet and Savory Favorites of Martin Luther King, Jr.

While it's widely known that Martin Luther King, Jr. had a prominent sweet tooth, he also had an appreciation for greens. Among some of his favorites were fried chicken with the works--collards, black-eyed peas, corn bread, and sweet potatoes--and pecan pie for dessert. 

In honor of the great humanitarian leader, we're delighted to share two recipes based on his most-loved foods. 

By now, leafy greens (think kale, spinach, and swiss chard) should be on your radar. After you master a simple recipe for collard greens made flavorful from a small amount of bacon fat and a whole ham hock, your kids will be asking for seconds in no time.

And once your family has had their fill of the nutritious stuff, you'll feel better about letting them indulge in a sweet treat. Instead of MLK's beloved pecan pie, we decided to feature a recipe for pecan bars, which are more everyday than a traditional pie and far easier to make.

Collard Greens
2 Tbsp bacon fat, lard or vegetable oil
1 medium onion, sliced from root to tip
1 ham hock
2 garlic cloves, smashed
1 quart chicken broth
1-2 cups water
8-10 cups chopped collard greens, about 2 pounds
Vinegar and hot sauce to taste
Simply Recipes provides the complete instructions.

  • Pecan Bars
    1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
    1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
    2 teaspoons salt
    2 cups plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled)
    1/2 teaspoon baking powder
    2 largeggs
    1 1/2 cups packed light-brown sugar
    1 tablespoon dark corn syrup
    2 cups pecans, coarsely chopped
    1 cup sweetened flaked coconut
    To make these scrumptious bars, visit Martha Stewart.  
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By Stacey Gawronski

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