SOUTHERN STYLE COLLARD GREENS

Serves 6; Recipe by Courtney McDonald

Ingredients:
-3 bunches collard greens, stems removed, cut into 1 inch ribbons and washed
-1 tsp. olive oil
-1/4 pound sliced bacon, cut into ½ inch pieces
-1 white or yellow onion, finely chopped
-4 cloves garlic, minced
-2 Tbsp. red or white wine vinegar, or apple cider vinegar
-salt and freshly-ground black pepper, to taste

Place the olive oil and bacon in a large pot over medium heat. Stirring occasionally, cook until the bacon just begins to brown. Add the onion and garlic and cook until soft – about 10 minutes. Begin adding the washed collard greens. Add as much as can fit in the pot at a time; they will steam and cook down quickly. Add more as there is room in your pot. Add a few tablespoons of water as needed to help wilt the collard greens. Cook greens, stirring frequently, until soft and flavorful – about 25 minutes. Add the vinegar and cook another 5 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper and serve immediately.

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