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Quick Southern-Style Collard Greens

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SmartPoints® value per serving
Total Time
36 min
Prep
15 min
Cook
21 min
Serves
4
Difficulty
Easy
Collard greens usually simmer in water for an hour. We dramatically reduced the time by removing the tough centre stem and cutting the greens into thin strips.

Ingredients

Uncooked reduced fat bacon

3 slice(s), cut into 1/2-inch wide pieces

Uncooked onion(s)

¾ cup(s), chopped

Garlic clove(s)

2 clove(s), medium, sliced

Uncooked collard greens

1 bunch(es)

Water

1½ cup(s)

Apple cider vinegar

2 Tbsp

Table salt

½ tsp

Hot pepper sauce

¼ tsp, (or more to taste)

Instructions

  1. Cook bacon in a large pot over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until it begins to sizzle and release some of its fat, about 1 minute.
  2. Add onions to pot; stir and cover for 30 seconds. Decrease heat to medium-low and cook, stirring often, until onions are light golden, about 5 to 7 minutes. Add garlic; cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add collard greens to pot and increase heat to high; cook, stirring, until greens wilt, about 2 minutes.
  3. Add water and bring to a boil; reduce heat to low, cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, until greens are tender, about 10 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and stir in vinegar, salt and hot sauce. Serve extra hot pepper sauce on the side if desired. Yields about 3/4 cup per serving.

Notes

For optimal flavour and texture, select bunches of collard greens with smaller leaves—they're younger and more tender.