"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.
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
Cook bacon slices in a Dutch oven until crisp. Remove bacon, and drain on paper towels, reserving 2 tablespoons drippings. Crumble bacon.
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.
I, too, grew up in AL, but I never ate collards (I was turned off by the cooking smell). And then, I found this recipe, gave it a try, and, these are by far the best collards ever. It must be the balsamic vinegar--cancels out the smell. Wouldn't alter a thing--perfect, as is. A little cornbread on the side and I'm set.
My family is from Alabama so I have had my fair share of collard greens and these are by far the best I have ever had. Even if you don't like collard greens these will surely change your mind!
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