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Recipe

Southern Cooked Greens

  • Yield: 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound sliced bacon, chopped
  • 3 cups chopped yellow onions
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • Pinch of cayenne
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons minced shallots
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 6 cups water
  • 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar vinegar
  • 6 pounds assorted greens, such as mustard greens, collard greens, turnip greens, kale, and spinach, well washed and tough stems removed

Directions

  • Fry the bacon in a large, heavy pot over medium heat until slightly crisp. Add the onions and season with salt, black pepper, and cayenne. Cook, stirring, until the onions are wilted and golden, 6 to 7 minutes. Add the brown sugar and stir to dissolve. Add the shallots and garlic and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Add the water and vinegar and mix well. Begin adding the greens, about a third at a time, pressing the greens down as they begin to wilt. Season with salt and pepper. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook, uncovered, until the greens are soft, about 1 hour and 15 minutes. Serve hot.