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Quick Collard Greens with Bacon
Quick Collard Greens with Bacon - #collardsgreens #recipe #eatwell101 #bacon - Sautéed collard greens with bacon, and garlic is the perfect side dish for any occasion. If you're in for a light lunch, these collards greens are a must!

Collard greens recipe – These quick and easy collard greens are simmered with bacon, onion, garlic, and seasonings until tender. This easy yet satisfying side dish pairs perfectly chicken, beef, or pork. Our method of cooking collard greens requires only 10 minutes of steaming and a dash of hot sauce toward the ends makes the greens extra flavorful. This healthy collards greens recipe is gluten-free, low-carb, keto-friendly. Enjoy!

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Ingredients list for the collard greens recipe

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Sauteed collard greens recipe

Collard greens have a wonderful flavor of their own but we decided to infuse these sauteed collard greens with crispy bacon, garlic, and hot sauce to give them an extra kick. This collard greens recipe is gluten-free, low-carb, and keto-friendly – perfect as a side dish or a light meal on its own.

How to cook collard greens

The method to cook collard greens is very easy: There is no need for lengthy boiling or steaming with this quick and easy recipe for sauteed collards green! Rinse the collard greens with cold running water. Cut the stem out of each leaf running the knife on each side along the stalk, then chop the leaves.

Cook the bacon pieces until crispy, then remove half the bacon to use as garnish later. At this point, you might have a lot of rendered bacon fat. Discard half the bacon fat to avoid having your collard greens too greasy at the end.

Add onion and garlic to the pot, and cook until tender and fragrant. Add the chopped collard greens to the pot, along with chicken broth and seasonings. Simmer until the collard greens are very tender. Stir in the hot sauce, then garnish with reserved bacon and dried cranberries. Easy!

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1. To make the sauteed collard greens with bacon: Place the bacon pieces in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Cook for 5 minutes or until crisp. Remove half the bacon from the pot and reserve for later use. Drain off some of the bacon fat if there’s too much.

2. Add the chopped onion to the pan and cook for 3-4 minutes, until softened. Add the garlic, salt, and pepper, then cook for 30 seconds, until garlic is fragrant.

3. Add the chopped collard greens to the Dutch oven and cook for 3 minutes or until collard greens are wilted. Pour in the chicken broth and bring to a simmer.

4. Reduce the heat to a low simmer, then cover the pot and let steam the collard greens for 5 minutes or until collards greens are tender. Stir in the hot sauce and cook for an additional 5 minutes to reduce the sauce.

5. Sprinkle the cooked collard greens with remaining bacon and cranberries, then immediately serve the sauteed collard greens. Enjoy! ❤️ 

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Tips for the collard greens recipe

  • The collard greens can be cleaned and prepped up to three days in advance. Pat dry and keep them in an airtight container or a releasable bag in your refrigerator.
  • Feel free to swap andouille sausage for bacon, it’s delicious with the collard greens!
  • If you are a vegetarian, just leave out the bacon!

How to keep the collard greens leftovers?

Keep the collard greens in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. in an airtight container. Reheat in the microwave with a few drops of water to loosen the sauce. We do not recommend freezing the collard greens because they will be soggy when thawed.

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