This was delicious. The combination of the strong kale, the sweet and tarty apple and the salty bacon, you've got a perfect combination. Paired it with some grilled chicken. Great meal!
Braised Kale with Bacon and Cider
Puyiii Posted: 06/09/10
Mandivola Posted: 12/05/08
This is perfect for the Fall/Winter time when you might have apple cider on hand in your fridge. I had some cider from Thanksgiving leftover and it was a great way to use the kale and apples from my produce box. With the bacon, vinegar, sweet from the apples and cider, and pepper....all your flavors were a perfect balance. Like other reviews....you need to cook it 2x longer to make the greens softer (but they were still a bit chewy, which is good). I served it with lamb, pork, and polenta and it was perfect. And there was nothing left!
tippytoes Posted: 10/21/10
I followed the advice of several reviewers and cooked it longer than than the recipe called for. I think it definitely made it better. You would definitely have to like kale (or collard greens) since it has a slightly bitter taste. My boyfriend didn't care for this recipe b/c he thought the kale was too strong tasting. He liked the "Sweet Potato, Sausage, and Kale Soup" a lot if you're looking for a kale recipe for non-kale lovers.
BGFreak99 Posted: 12/11/11
My wife and I love this recipe. We generally pair with a pork roast or tenderloin.
vickilu Posted: 06/20/12
Made this with kale and collard greens. Great taste, how could you go wrong with beer! Pureed the leftovers for soup and put it in the freezer for a future meal.
chamy4ever Posted: 05/08/13
I used apple juice instead of the apple cider and omitted the apple and it was awesome!
arthistorybabe Posted: 03/23/13
So good any easy. I didn't have cider or an apple and it was perfect. Would try again and not do the cider but try the apple for sure.
stacylynn Posted: 02/26/13
This was wonderful. I didn't have cider, but apple juice subbed in well. Easy to come together & will go into regular rotation, especially when kale is plentiful in our CSA. I'm always looking for something other than soups/stews to put it in & this fits the bill perfectly.
LVance Posted: 10/11/12
A perfect balance of flavors. Perfect for fall. This is a great way to serve on of the most nutritious greens out there. I served with grilled salmon - next time I'll probably serve with pork.
gendecoro Posted: 11/21/13
Subbed apple cider with juice and it was great. I like my veggies fresh and not overlooked so I cooked for only about 7 min. The trick with kale is to cut it in small pieces and cut out the thicker part of the stem which prevents large rubbery and hard pieces.