Collard Greens with Bacon and Onion

Many great chefs love to pair collard greens with smoked meats and have shared tons of recipes on The Food Network and All Recipes websites. Pairing rustic greens with bacon is a great combination. Try this dish alongside ham or smoked turkey, and if you are adventurous you can try adding in a little brown sugar (counteracts bitterness), pickled jalapenos or some cider vinegar (for some twang).

INGREDIENTS
• 1 tablespoon olive oil
• 3-4 slices bacon
• 1 large onion, chopped
• 2 cloves garlic, minced
• 1 teaspoon salt
• 1 teaspoon pepper
• 3 cups chicken broth
• 1 pinch red pepper flakes (or more if you like a little more heat)
• 1 pound fresh collard greens, cut into 2-inch pieces
• Optional: 1 tablespoon brown sugar and/or a splash of cider vinegar

DIRECTIONS
Heat oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add bacon, and cook until crisp. Remove bacon from pan, crumble and return to the pan. Add onion, and cook until tender, about 5 minutes. Add garlic, and cook until just fragrant. Add collard greens, and fry until they start to wilt.
Pour in chicken broth, and season with salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes. Add brown sugar and cider vinegar (optional). Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 45 minutes, or until greens are tender.

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