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Bacon & Bourbon Collards (Southern Living)


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  • 4 thick bacon slices
  • 3 T. butter
  • 1 large sweet onion, diced
  • 1 (12 oz.) bottle ale beer
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup bourbon
  • 1 t. dried crushed red pepper
  • 6 lbs. fresh collard greens, trimmed and chopped
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 t. salt
  • 1/2 t. pepper


Preparation time 40mins


Step 1

Cut bacon crosswise into 1/4 inch strips. Melt butter in a large Dutch oven over medium heat; add bacon, and cook, stirring often, 8 minutes or until crisp. Drain bacon on paper towels, reserving drippings in skillet. Saute onion in hot drippings until tender. Stir in bacon, ale, and next 3 ingredients; cook 3 minutes or until mixture is reduced by 1/4th. Add collards in batches, and cook, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes or until wilted. Reduce heat to medium low; cover and cook 1 hour or until desired doneness. Stir in salt and pepper.


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