Collard greens with bacon

Collard greens with bacon
Collard greens with bacon (pictured with smoked pulled pork)

Ever since we got a grill, we’ve been eating a lot more barbeque. And smoked meats lend themselves to delicious Southern sides — including coleslaw, mac and cheese, and collard greens. Last Sunday, Michael smoked a rack of spareribs, so I decided to make these collard greens, which are one of my favorites, as a side. (We ate the leftovers with pulled pork, as pictured above.)

These collards are especially delicious because they’re sauteed in bacon grease with plenty of onions and garlic. I’ve also successfully used kale as a substitute for the collard greens in this recipe (on a side note, spinach is not an appropriate substitute, because it doesn’t have enough structure to stand up to cooking, and will turn into a mushy mess). I will note that you need to simmer the greens for about 45 minutes, so you’ll probably want to try this recipe on the weekend when you have a little extra time.

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Bacon and queso molletes

Bacon and queso molletes

When Michael recently had a layover at Chicago’s O’Hare airport, he made a point to stop by Tortas Frontera, one of Rick Bayless’ restaurants (we often watch his show¬†Mexico — One Plate at a Time on tv at home). Michael ended up ordering the bacon & queso mollete (a warm, open-faced sandwich), as well as the corn & poblano chowder, and reported back to me that both were delicious!

So, naturally, we decided to recreate the deliciousness at home. While we didn’t have the exact ingredients listed on the menu, we made a few substitutions and thought our molletes were still fabulous! It’s an easy recipe to make, so we hope you give it a try!

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