Can a side dish really be a star? As Kardea Brown shows us with her cravaeble Southern recipes on Delicious Miss Brown, you can elevate any dish with a touch of heart, respect for tradition, quality ingredients — and her distinct and delicious penchant for making comfort-food classics her own. That’s where these delectable pan-fried collard greens come in.
A staple side dish in Southern homes, collard greens slather savoury flavour on any dinner plate — and Kardea’s recipe takes these essential greens to the next level with mouth-watering thick-sliced bacon bringing the “more, please” umami flavour. Cooked in a low-and-slow-style (but ready in 30 minutes), Kardea’s pan-fried collard greens are tender, garlicky and just a tiny bit sweet thanks to a hint of honey.
Pan-Fried Collard Greens
Total Time: 30 minutes
Yield: 4 servings
6 thick bacon slices, chopped into large pieces
1 large onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 lbs. collard greens (about to 2 large bunches), stems discarded, leaves washed and chopped
1 Tbsp honey
A few dashes of hot sauce
Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper
1. Add bacon to a large skillet over medium heat. Cook bacon, stirring occasionally, until crispy, about 5 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to remove the bacon from the pan and set aside, leaving the fat in the pan.
2. Add the onion to the bacon grease and cook, stirring, until softened, about 3 minutes. Stir in garlic and cook, stirring, for another 30 seconds or so, until fragrant. Add the greens, honey, hot sauce and a few pinches of salt and pepper. Cook the greens, stirring occasionally, until greens are nice and tender, 25 to 30 minutes. Taste and add more salt and/or pepper if necessary. Serve hot with bacon on top.
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