Growing up in Texas ‘Greens’ is something I grew-up eating. My grandmother would pick and cook polk salad greens, collard greens, turnip greens, and mustard greens. I honestly can’t remember if I liked them or not, but I certainly remember them cooking in a BIG pot on the stove with a giant ham hock in them.
I like to cook mine an easy way. I start them in the morning and they are ready by dinner.
Recipe: Side Dish – Slow Cooking ‘Greens’ with Bacon
- ½ – 1 lb of Thick-cut Peppered Bacon
- 1 Yellow or White Onion
- 6 – 10 garlic cloves
- Greens (of choice) I like the Great Greens Trio at HEB (because they are easy. I usually am a stickler for organic, but sometimes easy wins out)
- 32 oz Homemade or Purchased Bone Broth
- ½ cup of Apple Cider Vinegar
- ½ cup Franks Original Hot Sauce
- Seasonings: Salt, Pepper, Garlic Powder
- Water (filtered)
Chop the onion first and set aside. Chop the garlic cloves and set aside (do not mix with onions).
Then cut the bacon (cut 5+ strips, stacked at a time) in 1” pieces and fry in your pan, I like to add some garlic powder to my bacon while it cooks to layer flavor. Transfer the bacon after fully cooked into the slow cooker.
If you have an overabundance of bacon grease pour it into a glass jar leaving enough in the pan to sauté the onions and garlic. Then put the onions into the pan, season with pepper, garlic powder, and a little salt until nice and brown. In the last few mins add in your garlic cloves – as soon as you can smell the garlic remove from heat and transfer into the slow cooker.
Pour in the bone broth (should be about ½ way up the side of the crock pot). Add the ACV and hot sauce. Stir.
Dump in ½ the pre-washed pre-cut greens of choice and season then add in the rest and season again. Squish it all down in the liquid with your hands.
Then fill the rest of the crock pot with filtered water, leaving at least 1” of room at the top.
Secure lid and cook on high for 6 hours or on low for 10-12.
I’m certain this recipe can be easily done in an Instant Pot as well, sautéing the bacon first, then the onions and garlic, then adding in the liquid, greens, and cooking. I’ve not cooked greens in it yet so I’m not sure how long to suggest setting the heat/timer for…..perhaps we would use the “Soup” button?
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