Monday, August 18, 2014

Bacon-and-Bourbon Collards

Prep /Total time : 1 Hour 50 minutes ... Makes  10 servings

We can't get enough of the super popular bacon-and-bourbon combo! Here, a recipe for Southern collard greens gets buzzed with the addition of two types of booze: beer and bourbon. Don't worry, though; the alcohol evaporates during the cooking process, leaving behind nothing but good flavor.

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

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. Sauté onion in hot drippings 3 minutes or until onion is tender. Stir in bacon, ale, and next 3 ingredients; cook 3 minutes or until mixture is reduced by one-fourth.
2.       Add collards, in batches, and cook, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes or until wilted. Reduce heat to medium-low; cover and cook 1 hour or to desired degree of doneness. Stir in vinegar, salt, and pepper.
Heart Healthy


  1. I love collards, but never thought to have beer for one of the ingredients when preparing them! It sounds delicious!

  2. Howdy Nellie ,
    Collards are deliciously good , cooked down low with hot-water cornbread . The beer and bourdon goes away ... just leave the good taste . Happy eating .

  3. Aunty ,
    The greens and hot water bread went over great , the diners are asking for more hot water bread . They want to know if you will sell it for the to carry out like we do the desserts .
    Your cute niece with the booty like yours , I can do the walk , really grinning .

  4. Howdy sweetie ,
    Both breads will be nice , pan cornbread / hot water . I will be down tomorrow to show your cooks how to cook as many as they need at a time like they do in fast food . Of course you can sell it separately like desserts . it only take 2/3 minutes to deep fry them .
    Emil told Dad you had the walk , sweetie , they run in the family Hahahaha !!


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