Braised Collards and Mustard Greens

Prep Time: 15m | Cook Time: 45m | Total Time: 1h | Serves

This combo of assertive winter greens makes a delicious and hearty vegetable dish, just right for cold nights. Bacon adds richness and offsets the mustard’s peppery edge. After a slow braise in stock, the greens become meltingly tender.

Serve beside a roast chicken or grilled steak for a perfect winter supper.


Ingredients

  salt
1 pound Earthbound Farm Organic Collard Greens (ribs trimmed and discarded, leaves sliced into 1/2-inch wide ribbons, about 8 to 9 cups)
1 bunch Earthbound Farm Organic Mustard Greens (ribs trimmed and discarded, leaves sliced into 1/2-inch wide ribbons, about 6 cups)
4 ounces thick-sliced bacon (cut into 1/2-inch-wide pieces)
1 cup Earthbound Farm Organic Yellow Onion (cut into 1/4-inch dice)
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (or to taste)
2 cloves Earthbound Farm Organic Garlic (finely minced)
1 cup good-quality chicken stock
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  Freshly ground black pepper (to taste)


Directions

Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat and add 1 tablespoon of salt. Add the collard greens and blanch for 5 to 6 minutes. Drain in a colander.

Meanwhile, sauté the bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until the bacon is about two-thirds cooked. Drain off all but 1 tablespoon of the bacon fat and add the onion and red pepper flakes. Cook, stirring frequently, until the onion is tender and bacon is crisp, about 8 minutes. Add the garlic and continue cooking, stirring frequently, for 2 minutes.

Add the collard greens (no need to squeeze them dry) and the chicken stock. Next, add the mustard greens (it may be necessary to do this in batches). Cook, stirring frequently, until all the greens have wilted, about 3 minutes. Cover the skillet and continue cooking over medium-low heat until the greens are tender and the liquid has evaporated, about 20 minutes.

Stir in the lemon juice and season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve hot.

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