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Braised Collard Greens

Bacon gives these nutrient-rich greens an extra punch of flavor, from "Mad Hungry," by Lucinda Scala Quinn.

  • Servings: 6
Braised Collard Greens

Source: Mad Hungry, October 2010

Ingredients

  • 1 pound collard greens, trimmed and washed, water still clinging to the leaves
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 slices bacon, cut in half lengthwise and sliced crosswise in 1/2-inch pieces
  • Pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon red-wine vinegar
  • Coarse salt

Directions

  1. Remove the tough stems from the collard leaves. Finely slice the stems crosswise. Stack a few leaves on top of each other and cut into 1 1/2- to 2-inch pieces. Repeat with all leaves. You'll have 8 packed cups.

  2. Heat a 10-inch saute pan over high heat. Swirl in the oil and add the onion, bacon, and red pepper flakes. Fry until the onion is soft and the bacon is beginning to render its fat and crisp up, about 13 minutes.

  3. Add the greens, 2 cups at a time. Stir into the onion mixture as you add. They will collapse and shrink in the heat.

  4. When all the greens are in the pan and the heat has returned to sizzling high, pour in the vinegar. Stir to evaporate. Cover and let the greens cook over low heat until just tender, 10 to 15 minutes. Add a bit of water as needed to keep the greens from burning. Add salt to taste and serve.

Cook's Note

You can substitute collard greens with mustard greens, Swiss chard, dandelion greens, and beet greens. Adjust the cooking time down a few minutes to achieve desired tenderness.

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