Friday, July 23, 2010

Collard Greens with Applewood Smoked Bacon

This recipe can be made with or without bacon. But, once you have the version with bacon, you're probably not going back, so if you for some reason want to try it both ways, do the non-bacon version first. (However, having just had the with-bacon version, suggesting anything of the sort seems a bit sacrilegious. Make it with the bacon. With with with.)

1 onion, halved and sliced fairly thinly
2 strips Niman Ranch applewood smoked bacon (optional but highly recommended), sliced into strips
2 large cloves garlic, pressed
1 bunch collard greens, sliced into one-inch strips
Olive oil
Several shakes crushed ├▒ora pepper (available at Spanish food stores, like The Spanish Table)
Salt & pepper, to taste
1 loose tbsp finely chopped oregano
1/3 cup chicken broth

Saute onions over medium-high heat in a big pan with a little olive oil for a minute or so, until they begin to cook down a little. Push to the side and add the bacon, centering it over the heat. Cook until it begins to brown a little, turning the onions over once or twice in the meantime. When you lose patience with this silly way of cooking both at once, just stir to combine, and continue cooking until until the onions are golden. Add the garlic, turn heat to medium, and saute for one minute more. Add the greens and salt and cook, stirring, for two more minutes, then add the rest of the ingredients and bring to a boil. Turn heat to medium-low, cover, and cook for 25-30 minutes, stirring occasionally and adding a little water if it starts to dry out.

Serves 2 greedy people but could stretch to 3, if you're less prone to using forks to defend your right to half the bacon than some people in our household. Goes well with quinoa with carrots and pepper (below) and grilled summer squash.

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