Southern Cooked Greens

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  • Level: Easy
  • Yield: 8 servings
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Ingredients

1/2 pound chopped bacon

3 cups chopped yellow onions

Salt

Freshly ground pepper

Cayenne pepper

1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar

2 tablespoons minced shallots

1 tablespoon minced garlic

6 cups water

1/4 cup rice wine vinegar

6 pounds assorted greens, such as mustard greens, collard greens, turnip greens, kale and spinach, washed and stemmed

Directions

  1. In a large pot, saute the bacon until slightly crisp. Add the onions and season with salt, pepper and cayenne pepper. Cook 6 to 7 minutes, until the onions are wilted and golden. Add the brown sugar and stir to dissolve. Add the shallots and garlic. Cook for 2 minutes. Add the water and vinegar and mix well. Begin adding the greens, a third at a time, pressing them down as they begin to wilt. Season with salt and pepper. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook, uncovered, until the greens are soft, about 1 hour and 15 minutes. Serve hot.