- 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
Prepare Collard Greens:
Wash the collard greens thoroughly.
Remove the stems and chop the leaves into bite-sized pieces.
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.
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.
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 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.