I know, it’s the middle of summer and I’m the weirdo eating collard greens. Let me tell you why. Our 4th of July weekend started off spectacularly, with sunshine, a cool breeze, a few adult beverages and some super grilling. Glorious! However, our weather good fortune did not want to hold. Which is how I found myself with racks of ribs and a torrential downpour of rain that put out our grilling fire. Literally. So my kitchen escape plans were woefully short lived and the ribs were delivered into the care of my oven. At which point, my summery sides just didn’t really appeal any more. Which is when I remembered I’d stashed collards in the freezer! So I decided to cook up some easy collard greens, slow cooked with bacon to chase away the imposter-winter.
So what makes these easy collard greens so, well, easy? There’s only about 15 minutes of hands on time, all of which is simple: cooking and chopping a little bacon, plus dicing an onion and mincing some garlic. But once those little jobs are done, the actual cooking of the greens requires little to no attention at all. The apple cider vinegar really shouldn’t be skipped if you can help it, as it gives a tiny bit of tang and helps take some of the bitterness out of the greens. I opted to make this dish nightshade free, but if those aren’t a problem for you, a generous sprinkle of red pepper flakes in here would be delicious. Lastly, if you can, I highly recommend you make these with pork stock. I try to save my pork bones for stock in dishes like this as it is just so very flavorful. You can totally use chicken stock here and they will come out well, but I really feel like the pork stock gives an extra punch of flavor. Double pork for the win!
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