This is such a quick and easy recipe! Using collard greens, green beans, a little chopped garlic, red onion, a splash of white wine and of course, bacon, this recipe for Sauteed Greens & Beans w/ Crispy Bacon is going to be a hit whether or not it’s the holidays!
Collard Greens are mostly associated with Southern cooking. Cooked down for hours with salted pork or smoked turkey legs is mainly how it’s made, and it’s delicious. The problem is, the greens are cooked down for so long, that many of it’s nutrients are cooked off as well.
The reason why collard greens are cooked down for so long is that the leaves are quite tough, so cooking them for a longer period makes them more tender. However, collard greens just like kale or swiss chard can also be super fantastic simply sauteed, just like in this recipe.
Try it as a side with baked fish or chicken, or even over some pasta with a little squeeze of fresh lemon juice. Mmmmmm.
Sauteed Greens & Beans w/ Crispy Bacon
1 lb of applewood smoked bacon – diced and fried until crispy
1/2 red onion – chopped
1 clove garlic – chopped
2 cups green beans – cleaned & washed
1 lb of Collard Greens – stemmed and chopped into large pieces; washed
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt
2 tablespoons – white wine
Take the chopped bacon and fry until crispy in a large saute pan in medium heat. Take some of the oil out of the pan where you cooked the bacon. Add the red onions and garlic and sautee for about 1-2 minutes.
Then, add the green beans and lightly toss with the bacon, onions and garlic for about 2-3 minutes.
Add the chopped collard greens, turn the heat up to medium-high heat. Gently toss with ingredients.
When the greens start to cook down, add the salt, red pepper flakes and white wine. Saute for about 5 minutes, scraping the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon.
Turn off the heat and serve.
This is an original recipe by Johanna M. Cook, Momma Cuisine – Great Everyday Meals.