Spicy Collard Greens

I learned how to cook tasty collard greens not  too long ago from my gal at work.  She spent some time in Louisiana at one point in her life and learned quite a few tricks to making some great southern dishes. I’d tried collard greens a few times and was never a huge fan of the earthy flavor and the overcooked mush, but back off on the cooking time and add a bit of spice and vinegar and they bring out the best in these greens.

Spicy Collard Greens

  • 1 bunch collard greens
  • 1 quart water
  • 2 strips bacon
  • 1/4 cup diced onion
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1/2 jalapeno diced
  • 1/2 lemon juiced
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 Tbs balsamic vinegar

Wash collard greens and remove stem ends ~ peel back middle vein if desired.  In large pot add collard greens and quart of water.  Bring to boil; cover and cook 10 minutes.  Cook bacon while collard greens are cooking.

Drain collard greens; return to pot.  Drain bacon and crumble into pan with collard greens.  Add remaining ingredients and simmer 10 addition minutes.