Friday, October 31, 2008

Oh Come On, Just One Bite

Okay, how bad can a dish be, if it has bacon and onion in it?  Really?
Besides, greens are good for you!  Chock full of vitamins and antioxidants.  Yes, I said greens.
If you're still reading, here's a good southern recipe for some amazing comfort food.  It lists Collards as the primary player.  I like them because they have a very mild taste.  If you're up for a spicier dish, try Turnip or Mustard Greens.

The Players are:
A large bunch of Collard Greens
6 Slices of Bacon
1/2 Large Onion
4 Cups Chicken Stock

Rinse the greens well, in cold water.  If they come right out of your garden or a Farmers Market, add some salt to the water to kill off any buggies that might be lingering for a snack.

Part of what puts folks off of greens, is that "they're stringy".  That's because the stalk hasn't been removed.  Some folks call it the 'rib'---seems more like the 'backbone' to me.  Go figure.
I just fold the leaf in half and run a knife down the length of the center.  Toss that center piece aside for the compost pile.
Just to make your life a bit easier, stack the leaves in a pile.
At that point you can either slice through the pile or tear the leaves.  Either way, you're looking for bite size pieces. Set aside in a bowl.
Now comes the addition of bacon!  Cut it into small pieces and brown.  Once it's done, remove it and some of the bacon grease.  Yes, I said some.  Leave about 2 tablespoons in the pan.
Add the chopped onions to the pan and cook until wilted.
Put the bacon back in the pan, brown a bit more and turn off the heat.
Add the chicken broth and turn the heat back on.  We're almost done!
Add the greens, mix well, turn the heat to it's lowest setting, top it with a lid and walk away.  In about 30-45 minutes, it's ready to devour.  You might check it half way through to make sure you aren't loosing too much liquid.
No, it's not bright and crisp and green anymore.  Think about all the other ugly food you eat. Biscuits and sausage gravy or beef stew, or oatmeal with raisins and brown sugar, or chicken pot pie.  They all look like dogs breakfast, but taste wonderful.
This dish is mild and very, very tasty.  The bacon grease won't kill you.  There's only 2 tablespoons in the whole dish! Don't try to leave it out either--doesn't taste the same.
I promise if you die from eating this, that your relatives can tell the police where I live and they can come arrest me for poisoning you.  Really.


  1. This looks much like a spinach dish I have made. I have never tried collard greens but I bet they are just as good. Thank Cee Cee.

  2. Mmmm! But what a way to die! lol!

    Everything tastes better with bacon, eh?

    I love how you wrote up this recipe, too. So fun!


  3. Hello Ceecee - I come to your lovely blog via the good old black box gadget. I've never heard of collards but you make a dull looking thing sound very appetising. Good food pics.

  4. Lately I've been adding a bit of brown sugar, a good dollup of vinegar and a sprinkling of red pepper flakes along with the bacon and stock. Holy Cow that's good!