Mindy here, and I can honestly say that I never had collard greens while growing up in Michigan. Matter of fact, the only thing we referred to as "greens" was salad. Then I moved to Texas.
Greens are a staple here and my husband loves them. And, believe it or not, I've grown to like them, too.
You can buy them in a bunch, but the bagged variety is much easier. BTW, just the fact that you can find these prewashed and precut in a bag says a lot about their popularity.
Okay, so let's get started by rendering the fat from a couple of cut-up bacon slices.
You know, just using the words "rendering the fat" tells you this recipe is downhome.
Cook the bacon until crisp, but not burned and remove from pan to drain on paper towels.
To the remaining fat (2-3 tablespoons),
add your greens, (since I was only making enough for two, I added about half a bag), some chopped onion and the bacon.
Now add 1 to 1 1/2 cups water, stir everything together and bring to a boil.
Cover and reduce heat to low.
Cook 30-45 minutes or until greens are tender.
Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve hot.
Hubby likes to sprinkle his with hot-pepper vinegar, but I prefer mine as is.
Between the bacon and the onion...delicious.
Last week was a rather slow one here at the ranch. Not much going on with the renovation since our contractor had to finish up a job elsewhere.
Instead, we were on tropical storm watch as Cindy approached the Texas coast. Fortunately, all we saw were some really cool-looking clouds.
And I had to share this pic just because.
Near as we could tell, Dixie was staring up at a squirrel. But she laid there like this for the longest time.
Now it's your turn.
Have you ever had greens? If so, are you a fan? If not, would you consider trying them? Or do you cringe at the thought of cooking with bacon grease?
Mindy Obenhaus lives on a ranch in Texas with her husband and the last of her five children. She's passionate about touching readers with Biblical truths in an entertaining, and sometimes adventurous, manner. When she’s not writing, she enjoys cooking and spending time with her grandchildren. Learn more at www.MindyObenhaus.com