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The Crisper Whisperer on Serious Eats: Collard Greens Mineira

Easy Collard Greens Mineira Recipe | Umami GirlThis week in the crisper, if you’re used to braising collard greens to death (not that there’s anything wrong with that!), you’ll be delighted by the freshness of this Brazilian preparation. Thin ribbons of collard are cooked in bacon fat for—ready for this?—one minute. It’s one of my favorite new greens recipes. Find the recipe right here below, and read the whole post here on Serious Eats.

Easy Collard Greens Mineira Recipe

These thin ribbons of collard greens are cooked in bacon fat ever so briefly, until they've just turned bright green and begun to wilt noticeably. We're talking one minute or a smidge more. Have you ever heard of such a thing? The result is a breath of fresh air. The slight bitterness of the crisp-tender greens threatens to melt into the depths of bacony goodness, only to be revived by the bright tang of lemon. With only about fifteen minutes prep from start to finish, Collard Greens Miniera has become an instant classic at our house. Hope you'll love it, too.


  • 1 bunch collard greens (about 1 pound)
  • 3 slices center-cut bacon
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper


  • Wash collard greens. Carefully strip or cut leaves from stems and discard stems. Stack leaves one on top of the next. Roll leaves from stem end to tip into a cigar shape. Cut cigar crosswise into strips 1/8-inch thick (as you would to chiffonade herbs, but a little thicker).
  • Cut bacon crosswise into 1/4-inch batons. Place a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat and cook bacon until crisp, stirring occasionally. Add collard greens to pan and cook, stirring constantly until just wilted and bright green, about 1 minute. Add lemon juice and salt and pepper to taste. Serve hot.
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