There are far more elaborate and time consuming versions of this dish. You can add all sorts of other riddles and games, such as chilies, beer, molasses, ham hocks, vinegar, onions, apples, nuts, etc. While these things are all great (REALLY great, on occasion!)
, I'm going to go with a "quick and dirty" version, comprising of ... greens and ... bacon! Nothing else!
Ultimately, what we have here is a bitter green. You can use any of the following for this recipe: kale, beet greens, chard, collards, mustard greens, or any other hearty green. With some kind of fat and the liquid that comes out of the greens themselves, the greens will wilt and mix with whatever you add to them. They lose a lot of their aggressive bitterness and become a very nice, soft and VERY healthy dish. Serve as a side dish, as the base for a meat
, as a snack, as a component for a future dip, etc.A vegan variation might use something like:
olive oil, greens, garlic, apple cider vinegar, a cinnamon stick, toasted pecans and apples!
*Ahem* ... because I generally like to keep it simple and believe in the healing power of bacon ...