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Nana's Collard Greens

Yield Makes 6 to 8 servings
"My late grandmother, Cora Meadows, always used carrots to sweeten the greens," says Designer/Illustrator Christopher Davis, who updated the recipe by using fat-free chicken broth and balsamic vinegar. We think these greens would be great over grits too.

Ingredients

  • 4 bacon slices
  • 1 large carrot, chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 4 (1-pound) packages fresh collard greens, washed, trimmed, and chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups low-sodium, fat-free chicken broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

How to Make It

  1. Cook bacon slices in a Dutch oven until crisp. Remove bacon, and drain on paper towels, reserving 2 tablespoons drippings. Crumble bacon.

  2. Cook carrot in hot bacon drippings in Dutch oven over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes. Add onion, and cook, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes or until carrot and onion begin to caramelize. Add garlic; cook, stirring constantly, 30 seconds. Add balsamic vinegar, and cook 30 seconds. Add collards, crumbled bacon, broth, and remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat, and simmer 1 hour or until collards are tender.