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Braised Greens with Bacon

Enjoy this delicious side dish of greens and flavored with bacon and onion. Healthy and tasty braised greens with bacon is a great addition to any meal.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: braised greens
Author: Kyle


  • 1 ½ pounds collard greens, or a combination of greens such as mustard, turnip, collards, or spinach. Wash, trim and roughly chop.
  • 4 ounces bacon
  • ¾ cup diced onions
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken stock
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • ¼-1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes, or to taste


  • In a heavy pan, cook the bacon until crisp.
  • Remove the bacon to a paper towel-lined plate to drain. Once cool, cut the bacon in smaller pieces.
  • Add the onions to the pan with the bacon drippings and cook on medium heat until tender and translucent.
  • Increase heat to medium-high and add a few large handfuls of greens at a time and stir constantly to allow each batch to wilt for a few moments. Keep doing this until all of the greens fit into the pot.
  • Continue to sauté 3 – 5 minutes, until bright green and wilted.
  • Season with a very generous pinch of kosher salt and a few grinds of freshly ground black pepper.
  • Add the chicken stock, sugar, red pepper flakes and stir until combined.
  • Bring to a boil, then immediately reduce heat to low.
  • Cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes.
  • Add bacon and serve.


Gr8 Do-Ahead Tip:
This can be made a few hours ahead of time or up to a day in advance which will really allow the flavors to deepen. Just keep in the refrigerator until ready to serve. Reheat over low to medium-low heat until warm.
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