Wilted Kale with Bacon

Wilted Kale with Bacon Recipe
Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Lydia DeGaris Pursell
Dark, leafy greens like kale are incredibly good for you, so don't feel guilty about the bacon!


Makes 8 servings

Recipe from

Coastal Living

Recipe Time

Prep: 8 Minutes
Cook: 50 Minutes


5 bacon strips
1/4 cup butter
1 large onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1 1/2 cups chicken or vegetable broth
1/3 cup cider vinegar
1 tablespoon sugar
2 pounds kale (or other greens such as collard, turnip, or mustard)
Hot sauce (optional)


1. Cook bacon in a Dutch oven or stockpot until crisp. Remove strips, crumble, and drain on paper towels.

2. Melt butter with drippings over medium-high heat. Add onion and next 5 ingredients, and cook 5 minutes or until tender.

3. Stir in chicken broth, cider vinegar, and sugar. Gradually add kale, and cook, stirring occasionally, 8 to 10 minutes or just until wilted. Reduce heat to medium, and cook, stirring occasionally, 30 minutes or until completely tender.

4. Stir in reserved bacon; season with hot sauce, if desired.

Julia Rutland,

Coastal Living

March 2011
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