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Collard Greens with Bacon

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Sides
Servings: 4
Author: Pam - For the Love of Cooking / Original by Simply Recipes


  • 2 strips thick-sliced bacon sliced crosswise into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1/2 small yellow onion diced
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/2 tbsp sugar
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • Several dashes of hot sauce
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 lb collard greens stems removed, chopped (can substitute kale or chard)
  • 3/4 cup chicken broth


  • Heat a large skillet over medium heat.
  • Cook the bacon pieces in the skillet until it just begins to brown around the edges, stirring occasionally - it will still look a bit raw.
  • Add the onions and cook until they have softened and are just starting to brown, about 3-4 minutes, stirring often.
  • Add the garlic, sugar, hot sauce, and sea salt & freshly cracked pepper, to taste. Cook, stirring constantly for 1 minute.
  • Add the vinegar, bring to a simmer, and cook until the amount of liquid is reduced by half, stirring and scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the skillet.
  • Add the chopped collard greens and the chicken broth then bring to a simmer. Reduce the temp to medium-low.
  • Cook, stirring occasionally, until the collard greens have wilted and have lost their brightness, about 15-20 minutes.
  • Season to taste with additional vinegar, hot sauce, sea salt, and freshly cracked pepper, to taste. Serve drizzled with the pan juices. Enjoy.