Perfect Southern Greens

Southern Greens

Ingredients

1 bunch kale

1 bunch beet leaves (collards, mustard, turnip) or 1bunch other greens (collards, mustard, turnip)

1 large onion, sliced

1 tablespoon olive oil

garlic cloves, minced

1/4 cup cubed ham

3 slices bacon

2 1/2 cups water (more if needed)

Salt and pepper

Balsamic vinegar (optional)

Directions

Tear greens into large pieces and discard the thick vein. Add greens to a pot of boiling salted water (I use kosher salt). Let boil for about 6 minutes. Drain and Rinse.

While the greens are boiling, preheat a heavy skillet with olive oil, add onion and garlic; sauté until onions are lightly brown and cook for an additional minute or two.

Put the sautéed onions in the slow-cooker then add the drained greens, ham, bacon, and water.

Cook on high setting for 4 hours or until greens are tender.

Serve with balsamic vinegar, optional.

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