Editor’s Recipes from 2019 Winter Vine

Make this recipe with or without the bacon. Either way, big, green collard greens are like large quantities of folded paper money, another New Year’s tradition meant to bring more prosperity in the new year. And since “Health is Wealth,” with collards you can’t go wrong.

3 Tbsp. olive oil
2 strips thick bacon (like Cosmic Roots Ranch), cut into ½” pieces
2 cloves garlic, minced
½ tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
1 large bunch collard greens, about ten cups sliced
1 tsp. white vinegar
Dash of fresh lemon juice
Salt and pepper to taste

Heat olive oil and cut bacon in a large pot over medium-low heat. Cook bacon, slowly, until golden-brown before adding garlic and crushed red pepper flakes. Cook until fragrant.

Add collard greens. Pour in vinegar and lemon juice. Saute collard greens until tender but still bright green. Do not over-cook; make sure collards stay nice and green. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Serves 6

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