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May 17, 2013

Southern Greens

My mama is from Hazard, KY and grew up in Harlan, KY. Yep, Harlan from the show Justified. It gets kindof a bad rep on there though. So we're all about good ole southern food. You know, things like cornbread, chitlins - don't judge us!, and collard greens. I grew up loving my mama's greens.

So when it came time to pick a recipe that started with G or H for the Eating the Alphabet Challenge, I knew I'd go with greens. As in collard, kale, mustard, or even Swiss chard. I found a recipe online that used all of them so I was drawn to it. Plus the reviews were pretty good. 

Don't let the amount of greens fool you. They shrink down when cooked.

Southern Greens
adapted from Michael Symon
  • 1 lb bacon, diced
  • 2 yellow onions, sliced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 lbs collard greens
  • 1 lb kale
  • 1 lb mustard greens
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 large pinch of salt
  • 1/8 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • sriracha hot sauce, optional 
In a large pot, add bacon and cook over medium heat until fat begins to render. When the bacon is almost crisp, add sliced onions and cook for 3-5 minutes. Add the minced garlic and cook for an additional minute.

Remove the tough stems of the greens and discard. Rinse greens. Roughly chop the greens and add them to the pot with the red pepper flakes and a large pinch of salt. Cover and cook for 10 minutes over low heat.

Remove the lid and add the vinegar and sugar. Put the lid back on and cook for an additional 30 minutes.

Remove from the heat and add sriracha hot sauce if desired.

Printable Recipe

I sprinkled a little parmesan cheese on top. Just cuz.

Most recipes I've known for making greens involve a hamhock, but this one didn't so I was intrigued to see if it would have the same flavor.

And it did! PJ really liked them too. I think he said these were the best he's had. I dunno if that's an insult to my mama or a compliment to me (and Michael Symon). I'll pretend I didn't hear that.

Love me some greens. It's a southern thang.

P.S. It's so hard to make greens look good. But the taste.... the taste....  just make them and see for yourself.

Oh, and there's bacon :)

Check out my past Eating the Alphabet posts!

And check out the other posts in the blog hop below: 

Peace, and bacon grease!


Mostly Food and Crafts said...

Girl - I love me some greens too! This looks so good.

Karen said...

Those greens look delicious. I'm not from the south, and just discovered their wonderfulness. Love the Sriracha too!

Unknown said...

My husband would LOVE this,I will be joining your blog hop and would love it if you would come join my sister and I at BBQ Block Party-Linky party next Thursday. This recipe would make a great side dish. Thank you

Diane Balch said...

I love greens too great classic recipe with the Siriracha twist. Thanks for sharing it with us on foodie friday.

Carrie @ My Favorite Finds said...

Awesome! I love your spin on recipes! Thanks for sharing at Pinworthy Projects.

Amber @ said...

Those sound incredible! Thanks for sharing at Sweet & Savory Saturdays #13.

~Amber @ Dessert Now, Dinner Later!

Michelle B said...

It is hard to make greens look good. But you have.
Thank you for linking w/ See Ya in the Gumbo this week.

Chris said...

Alexis LOVES greens, she could eat them everyday.

Lydia @ Huckleberry Love said...

Oh my. My dad's birthday is coming up in a month and now I know what I will be making for a side dish. He LOVES greens plain but with bacon? Oh man...he is going to be so happy. Thanks for sharing at Much Ado About Monday!

Unknown said...

Oh, these look delicious! YUM!! Thank you so much for sharing at A Bouquet of Talent. New follower on Facebook and GFC! :)

Have a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend.


Unknown said...

Sounds good... I will have to give it a try! Thank you so much for coming to share at Super Saturday Show & Tell! I'd love to have you come and share again today Have a great weekend! xoxo~ Ruthie

AG said...

I'm an anomaly: a southern girl who CANNOT STAND greens! lol I've never liked them, much to irony for me, although i don't like any of the dark green leafys :) Thank you so much for linking up with me this week at Tasty Tuesdays! I’ve pinned this & shared it with my followers!