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Wilted Kale with Bacon

Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Lydia DeGaris Pursell
Prep time 8 mins
Cook time 50 mins
Yield Makes 8 servings
Dark, leafy greens like kale are incredibly good for you, so don't feel guilty about the bacon!

Ingredients

  • 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)

How to Make It

  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.