Wilted Kale with Bacon

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!

Yield: Makes 8 servings
Recipe from Coastal Living

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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)

Preparation

  1. 1. Cook bacon in a Dutch oven or stockpot until crisp. Remove strips, crumble, and drain on paper towels.
  2. 2. Melt butter with drippings over medium-high heat. Add onion and next 5 ingredients, and cook 5 minutes or until tender.
  3. 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. 4. Stir in reserved bacon; season with hot sauce, if desired.
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