There are times I crave certain meals from my travels. These are usually meals that I can't find easily where I live, however many I've learned to make for myself. This recipe for Collard Greens with Bacon is one of those. I love southern food, it's a favorite type of comfort food. Collard Greens are a great side to so many dishes and it's absolutely delicious. I'm sure you will love this recipe!
what are collard greens
Collard greens are a type of wild cabbage in the same family as kale. They are dark leafy greens that usually taste bitter raw and have tough stems. Collard greens, along with other greens varieties like mustard and turnip, are popular in the southern parts of the United States. Greens are usually braised to both soften them and reduce the bitter taste.
How to prepare collard greens
Collard greens can often be sandy, so the first step in preparation is to thoroughly rinse them. Some stores have prepackaged washed greens to make prep a bit easier. Next remove the stem by cutting it off with a sharp knife. Chop leaves into 1 inch pieces, and you're ready to cook!
Can you overcook collard greens
Collard greens are almost impossible to overcook. In order to soften them, a long cook time is necessary. To make sure you don't accidentally overcook the greens, make sure the leaves are cut into 1 inch sized pieces and to cook at a simmer, not a boil.
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Collard Greens with Bacon
- ½ Pound Bacon
- 2 Pounds Collard Greens cleaned and chopped
- 1 Onion Thinly Sliced
- 4 Cups Chicken Stock
- 1 Tbsp Garlic Powder
- 2 Tsp Paprika
- 3 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
- Hot Sauce to taste
- In a large dutch oven, lay bacon across bottom on medium-high heat. Cook bacon until browned and crisp on both sides. Remove and crumble.
- Add onions and greens to the dutch oven. Add chicken stock, garlic powder, paprika, vinegar. Add crumbled bacon, while reserving a bit to go on top when serving. Add salt, pepper and hot sauce to taste. Bring liquid to a simmer and cook for an hour.
- Taste test the collard greens, if too bitter or hard, continue to cook for another 15 minutes. Once softened, remove from liquid and enjoy!
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