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Mean Greens

COOK TIME
1 hr 30 mins
PREP TIME
20 mins
SERVINGS
8-10
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Nathan Congleton / TODAY
COOK TIME
1 hr 30 mins
PREP TIME
20 mins
SERVINGS
8-10
RATE THIS RECIPE
(2)

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon grapeseed oil
  • 2 large onions, sliced
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 cups homemade chicken stock
  • pounds collard greens
  • 1/3 cups apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon crushed pepper flakes
  • 1 pound smoked cubed pork belly, deep fried
  • Hot sauce, to taste
  • Chef notes

    Collard greens are one of my favorite comfort foods. Cooking them low and slow makes the leafy greens extra tender while the pork belly adds a rich smoky flavor.

    Swap option: If you don't eat pork, you can use fried chicken skins.

    Preparation

    1.

    Add the grapeseed oil to a stock pot over high heat. Add onions and sauté for 8 minutes. Add the garlic, salt and pepper and cook for another 2 minutes.

    2.

    Stir the chicken stock, collards, apple cider vinegar, sugar and crushed red pepper into the pot.

    3.

    Lower heat to medium-low and cook for 1½ hours, or to desired degree of tenderness.

    4.

    Plate greens and top with crispy pork belly and serve with your favorite hot sauce.