Sides to me are just as important as the main course. Its also a good idea to have a variety of sides you know how to make so your palate doesn’t get bored. Until about 5 yrs ago I had never had greens, and I loved them from the beginning. Plus I learned they are also good for me. This is my simple recipe …. 🙂
- 2 lbs collard greens, tough stems discarded, leaves chopped
- 4 Tbsp medium onion, chopped small
- 1 large garlic clove, minced
- 3 pieces of cooked bacon, and save the grease
- 2 teaspoons bacon grease
- 3 Tbsp olive oil
- Pinch of red pepper flakes
- a few pinches of salt
- a few pinches of sugar
- a few dashes of hot sauce (optional)
- Use a large skillet with a tight fitting cover. Melt bacon fat and heat 1 tbsp of olive oil on medium heat. Sauté onion until transparent, a couple of minutes. Add garlic and and cook about 30 seconds.
- Mix in the greens, 2 tbsp oil, red pepper flakes, salt, and sugar. Cover and cook until tender, 8-15 minutes. (Note that young collard greens will cook up relatively quickly. Older greens may take upwards of 45 minutes to tenderize.)
- In the last 5 minutes of cooking chop up and add the bacon in bits, and if using hot sauce add now as well.