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Braised Bacon Collard Greens Recipe

    Ingredients:

    • 1 bunch of collard greens, washed, stems removed, and chopped
    • 6 slices of thick-cut bacon, chopped
    • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
    • 3 cloves garlic, minced
    • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes (adjust to taste)
    • 2 cups chicken or vegetable broth
    • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
    • Salt and black pepper to taste

    Instructions:

    Prepare Collard Greens:

    Wash the collard greens thoroughly.

    Remove the stems and chop the leaves into bite-sized pieces.

    Cook Bacon:

    In a large, heavy-bottomed pot or Dutch oven, cook the chopped bacon over medium heat until it becomes crispy and renders its fat.

    Saute Onions and Garlic:

    Add finely chopped onions to the pot with bacon.

    Cook until the onions become translucent, and then add minced garlic.

    Cook for an additional 1-2 minutes until the garlic becomes fragrant.

    Add Collard Greens:

    Add the chopped collard greens to the pot, stirring well to combine them with the bacon, onions, and garlic.

    Seasoning:

    Season the mixture with red pepper flakes, salt, and black pepper.

    Adjust the spice level according to your preference.

    Braise Collard Greens:

    Pour in the chicken or vegetable broth, ensuring it covers the collard greens.

    Bring the mixture to a simmer.

    Reduce the heat to low, cover the pot, and let it simmer for about 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until the collard greens are tender.

    Finish with Vinegar:

    Stir in the apple cider vinegar.

    The vinegar adds a tangy flavor that balances the richness of the bacon and the earthiness of the collard greens.

    Adjust the seasoning if necessary.

    Serve:

    Once the collard greens are tender and flavorful, serve them hot.

    You can serve them as a side dish, or pair them with cornbread or your favorite grains.

    Optional: Garnish with Crispy Bacon:

    If you like, reserve a bit of the crispy bacon from earlier and sprinkle it over the top of the collard greens just before serving for an extra burst of flavor and texture.

    Enjoy:

    Enjoy your Braised Bacon Collard Greens as a hearty and flavorful side dish that pairs well with a variety of main courses.

    This recipe offers a Southern-inspired twist to collard greens, combining the smokiness of bacon with the robust flavors of collard greens, creating a dish that’s both comforting and delicious.

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