Southern Collards

Southern Collards

1 slice (1 ounce) canadian bacon, finely chopped 

1/4 C. finely chopped onion 

1 tsp. canola oil 

1 pound collard greens, chopped or torn into small pieces 

1/4 tsp. salt 

Pinch of ground red pepper 

Wine or cider vinegar 


To prep the collard greens for cooking, wash them in a large amount of cold water. Drain the greens (some water clinging to the leaves is fine). Chop off and discard any browned bottom stems. Place a big bunch of the leaves on a work surface. Holding the bunch tightly in one hand, using a cleaver or chef’s knife to slice crosswise into shreds. Continue until all of the leaves are sliced. In a large skillet, combine the bacon, onion, and oil. Set over low heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, for about 3 minutes, or until sizzling. Increase the heat to medium-high. Add the greens to the pan; toss with tongs. Cover and cook, tossing occasionally, for about 4 minutes, or until the leaves are brightly colored and glossy. Add the salt and pepper. Serve with vinegar to drizzle at the table.


Yield: 4 servings

Calories: 54

Fat: 1g

Fiber: 4g

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