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Collard Greens with Bacon
Simply Recipes dot com ^ | October 20, 2008 | Elise

Posted on 04/06/2011 7:06:56 PM PDT by Bean Counter

Chef's tip: don't overcook the bacon. It should be barely brown around the edges and still somewhat raw-looking in the middle.

Ingredients

4 strips thick-sliced bacon, sliced crosswise into 1/2-inch pieces
1 small yellow onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 Tbsp sugar
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Several dashes hot sauce
1/4 cup apple-cider vinegar
2 pounds collard greens, stems removed, sliced into 3-inch-wide strips (can substitute kale or chard)
1 cup chicken broth (or water)

Method

1 Heat a large cast-iron skillet on medium heat. Cook the bacon in the skillet until it just begins to brown around the edges, stirring occasionally. Add the onions and cook until they have softened and are just starting to brown.

2 Add the garlic, salt, pepper, sugar and hot sauce. Cook until the garlic becomes fragrant, about a minute. Add the vinegar, bring to a simmer, and cook until the amount of liquid is reduced by half, stirring and scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the pot.

3 Add the collard greens and the chicken broth (or water) and bring to a simmer. Reduce the temp to medium-low. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the collard greens have wilted and have lost their brightness. Season to taste with additional vinegar and hot sauce. Serve with some of the pan juices from the pan.

Serves 6 to 8.



TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Food; Gardening
KEYWORDS: bacon; collards; cookery; gardening; greens; recipe; recipes
I'm putting this up because it's about time for some fresh collards recipes...they say the frost in Spring makes them particularly tasty, and mine are coming up in the garden already. Collards are a great early crop.

Don't cheap out on the bacon...get the thick-cut stuff for this recipe, and be sure to get real Apple Cider Vinegar, not the "flavored" stuff...

Enjoy!

1 posted on 04/06/2011 7:07:02 PM PDT by Bean Counter
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To: Bean Counter

May I suggest ham hocks rather than bacon?


2 posted on 04/06/2011 7:08:33 PM PDT by mylife (OPINIONS ~ $ 1.00 HALFBAKED ~ 50c)
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To: Bean Counter

You had me at “don’t overcook the bacon.”

I usually make my collards with garlic, onion and smoked ham shank but will try to branch out a bit and try this.


3 posted on 04/06/2011 7:10:49 PM PDT by posterchild
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To: Bean Counter

ping


4 posted on 04/06/2011 7:11:23 PM PDT by truthguy (Good intentions are not enough.)
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To: Bean Counter

yea love my greens
poke starting to come up to


5 posted on 04/06/2011 7:15:43 PM PDT by jessky
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To: Bean Counter

Sounds great! I’ll give this a try (with cornbread, of course).


6 posted on 04/06/2011 7:17:57 PM PDT by Texas Mulerider (Rap music: hieroglyphics with a beat.)
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To: Bean Counter

bookmark for later. I don’t like cooked greens, but I have found, after a lifetime quest, an acceptable corn bread recipe. When I get home I’ll post it here.


7 posted on 04/06/2011 7:19:32 PM PDT by IrishCatholic (No local Communist or Socialist Party Chapter? Join the Democrats, it's the same thing!)
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To: Bean Counter; All

Next time you pull up a big fat radish, chop up the whole
plant, leaves and all...cook as prescribed above...yum...


8 posted on 04/06/2011 7:19:55 PM PDT by waterhill (Little 'r' republican: taker of the Founder's 'Red Pill'...www.mikechurch.com)
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To: waterhill
hot Bacon grease pour over
mmm a meal with cornbread
9 posted on 04/06/2011 7:25:45 PM PDT by jessky
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To: waterhill

yah! I have some nice white radishes coming up right now, and they ought to be good in a couple of weeks....


10 posted on 04/06/2011 7:25:51 PM PDT by Bean Counter (Stout Hearts!!)
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To: waterhill

I was always afraid the leaves may be poisonous but you are right. They are edible.
I will give that a try.


11 posted on 04/06/2011 7:28:17 PM PDT by mylife (OPINIONS ~ $ 1.00 HALFBAKED ~ 50c)
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To: Bean Counter
Is this a pro-environmental, anti-Muslim dish?

And down with the ham hocks!
12 posted on 04/06/2011 7:28:53 PM PDT by righttackle44 (I may not be much, but I raised a U.S. Marine.)
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To: Bean Counter

Yummmm! Nice recipte. People always overcook bacon, IMHO, whether they’re using it for cooking or for eating. I hate picking bacon shards from between my teeth. A nice slightly crispy but still juicy piece of bacon...bliss!


13 posted on 04/06/2011 7:29:52 PM PDT by livius
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To: Bean Counter

Collard greens are too “harsh” for my tastes. Turnip greens are too “sweet.”

But mix ‘em together and they come out just right.

A recipe you want? Mix one can collard greens with one can turnip greens and heat.

Eat with a little vinegar.


14 posted on 04/06/2011 7:30:54 PM PDT by JoeDetweiler
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To: Bean Counter

SUGAR??? Why?


15 posted on 04/06/2011 7:30:59 PM PDT by smalltownslick
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To: Bean Counter; mylife

Those Icicle/white carrot looking radishes are really great!

Beet greens rock too...

dandelion,nettles... lol...


16 posted on 04/06/2011 7:34:37 PM PDT by waterhill (Little 'r' republican: taker of the Founder's 'Red Pill'...www.mikechurch.com)
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To: waterhill

I’ll take your word on the nettles.


17 posted on 04/06/2011 7:36:43 PM PDT by mylife (OPINIONS ~ $ 1.00 HALFBAKED ~ 50c)
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To: Bean Counter

Yum Yum. Collard greens along with black eyed peas on New Years is good luck.


18 posted on 04/06/2011 7:45:51 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: mylife; Bean Counter

nettles: somewhere between chard and mustard in taste...

you want to harvest the fresh ‘tops’, the new small leaves... cook as prescribed above...yum

Theres a lot of ‘weeds’ out there that are edible... lol...


19 posted on 04/06/2011 7:48:40 PM PDT by waterhill (Little 'r' republican: taker of the Founder's 'Red Pill'...www.mikechurch.com)
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To: waterhill

I am not familiar with all the southern edible plants


20 posted on 04/06/2011 7:51:26 PM PDT by mylife (OPINIONS ~ $ 1.00 HALFBAKED ~ 50c)
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To: mylife

I can hook you up! lol...

I am gardening my tail off this year, lol...


21 posted on 04/06/2011 7:56:33 PM PDT by waterhill (Little 'r' republican: taker of the Founder's 'Red Pill'...www.mikechurch.com)
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To: Bean Counter

I like collard greens, with corn pone for soppen, and a big cold glass of real buttermilk.


22 posted on 04/06/2011 8:00:35 PM PDT by Sea Parrot (Being an autodidact, I happily escaped the bureaucratization of intellect)
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To: waterhill

I just put in 4 tomato and 4 jalepeno plants.
Maybe some herbs


23 posted on 04/06/2011 8:06:25 PM PDT by mylife (OPINIONS ~ $ 1.00 HALFBAKED ~ 50c)
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To: mylife

Very cool...

Hotsauce for the TexasCowboy Memorial Shoot! I’ll bring chips! and spools!
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2678308/posts


24 posted on 04/06/2011 8:12:40 PM PDT by waterhill (Little 'r' republican: taker of the Founder's 'Red Pill'...www.mikechurch.com)
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To: waterhill

Oh Tijeris_Slim sends a salsa shipment for every shoot


25 posted on 04/06/2011 8:20:56 PM PDT by mylife (OPINIONS ~ $ 1.00 HALFBAKED ~ 50c)
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To: Bean Counter

Do you have a recipe ping list??


26 posted on 04/06/2011 8:38:47 PM PDT by warsaw44
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To: Bean Counter

Thats an interesting recipe!

I have used thisone which I found and adapted from the interwebs....( : >)

“Southern collard greens”

1 tablespoon and 1-3/4 teaspoons olive oil
2-1/2 teaspoons minced garlic
2 cups chicken stock
1/2 smoked or roasted turkey drumstick
2 bunches collard greens - rinsed, trimmed and chopped
salt and black pepper to taste
1-1/4 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes (optional)

DIRECTIONS
Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add garlic, and gently saute until light brown. Pour in the chicken stock, and add the turkey leg. Cover the pot, and simmer for 30 minutes.

Add the collard greens to the cooking pot, and turn the heat up to medium-high. Let the greens cook down for about 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Reduce heat to medium, and season with salt and pepper to taste. Continue to cook until the greens are tender and dark green, 45 to 60 minutes. Drain greens, reserving liquid. Mix in red pepper flakes if desired. Use liquid to reheat leftovers.

Now I have to say this is delicious, but if the turkey was already very well cooked you might wind up with shards of turkey bone, so I usually warp the turkey in cheesecloth before putting it in, then salvage the meat from it at the end and add it back.

Also, Paula Deen has a recipe for collard greens mashed in cream cheese and then stuffed in wontons (fried, boiled, whatever) that will blow your socks off and your cholesterol #’s to heck (I had to do without the turkey when I did it since we don’t mix meat and dairy).

but mmm... /....smacks lips...


27 posted on 04/06/2011 9:45:29 PM PDT by Yehuda (Land of the free, THANKS TO THE BRAVE!)
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To: Bean Counter

Question: Are collard greens the same thing as polk salad?


28 posted on 04/06/2011 9:55:08 PM PDT by cornfedcowboy (Trust in God, but empty the clip.)
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To: cornfedcowboy
does not appear to be...

( :>)

29 posted on 04/06/2011 10:43:10 PM PDT by Yehuda (Land of the free, THANKS TO THE BRAVE!)
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To: Yehuda

Hey! That’s kind of condescending........but that is cool. Thanks


30 posted on 04/06/2011 10:45:23 PM PDT by cornfedcowboy (Trust in God, but empty the clip.)
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To: Bean Counter


31 posted on 04/06/2011 10:54:10 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: cornfedcowboy

I really meant the smiley!

(plus, thanks, I never heard of Polk Salad before!)

I find Collards to be a PITA unless you have a lot of time; I actually usually double the recipe cause if I am going to go through all that leaf stripping, then I’ll make extra (we’re only 2) and I’ll freeze a batch...)

I am embarrassed to admit it but if they are on sale and near price of fresh, I’ll buy frozen CGs some times..


32 posted on 04/06/2011 11:04:04 PM PDT by Yehuda (Land of the free, THANKS TO THE BRAVE!)
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To: Yehuda

My wife cooks up collard greens and I have absolutely no idea where she picks them. Also, my mother-in-law will pick fresh spring alfalfa and make a salad out of them. Flavor is OK but texture is a little “itchy” kind of like nettles.


33 posted on 04/06/2011 11:12:07 PM PDT by cornfedcowboy (Trust in God, but empty the clip.)
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To: cornfedcowboy

“Also, my mother-in-law will pick fresh spring alfalfa and make a salad out of them”

Ad that to my “I gotta try that!” list!


34 posted on 04/06/2011 11:14:46 PM PDT by Yehuda (Land of the free, THANKS TO THE BRAVE!)
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To: Bean Counter

Here’s the cornbread recipe:
Ingredients-
2 cups yellow cornmeal
2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons baking powder
11/2 teaspoons salt
2 1/2 cups milk
1 cup vegetable oil
5 large eggs.

Grease 9X13 inch baking pan.
In large bowl beat milk, eggs, oil. Add dry ingredients and stir till just combined. Pour into pan and bake 40-45 minutes at 350 degrees.

The perfect cornbread.


35 posted on 04/06/2011 11:20:43 PM PDT by IrishCatholic (No local Communist or Socialist Party Chapter? Join the Democrats, it's the same thing!)
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To: libertarian27

PING!

(did you assume the food list from “Hungarian____”?)


36 posted on 04/06/2011 11:27:52 PM PDT by Yehuda (Land of the free, THANKS TO THE BRAVE!)
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To: Bean Counter

Great idea.


37 posted on 04/06/2011 11:48:35 PM PDT by iowamark
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To: Yehuda

Gypsy has the kitchen-food list, I’m the keeper of the weekly cooking thread. Hope BC adds this recipe to this weeks thread, looks interesting. Would be great to add to Red Devil’s Weekly Gardening Thread too.


38 posted on 04/07/2011 5:13:35 AM PDT by libertarian27 (Ingsoc: Department of Life, Department of Liberty, Department of Happiness)
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To: libertarian27; HungarianGypsy

bump!


39 posted on 04/07/2011 11:01:13 AM PDT by Yehuda (Land of the free, THANKS TO THE BRAVE!)
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To: IrishCatholic

My “basic” cornbread recipe, from my Mom.

Preheat oven and lightly greased black iron skillet to 400 deg.
mix:
1 cup cornmeal
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 Tbl. baking powder
1 tsp. salt

mix dry ingredients then add:
1 egg
and enough milk to make it stir good, not too thick or thin.

pour into hot skillet and bake till nice and brown, usually 15 - 20 mins.


40 posted on 04/07/2011 11:11:25 AM PDT by trillabodilla (Jesus Saves)
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