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Smoky Greens

These hearty greens develop great flavor when cooked in duck or bacon fat, but butter can be substituted. Susan Spicer prepares them with smoked onions, but chipotle chiles add equal smokiness.

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  • Servings: 10

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  • 12 pounds mixed greens, such as Swiss chard, collards and turnip or beet greens, large stems discarded
  • 1/2 cup rendered duck or bacon fat or 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 4 large onions, coarsely chopped
  • 10 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 dried chipotle chiles or 2 canned chipotles in adobo
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 5 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • Tabasco sauce


  1. Wash the greens thoroughly in cold water and coarsely chop the leaves; do not dry them.
  2. Heat the duck fat in a large, heavy stockpot. Add the chopped onions and cook over moderately high heat, stirring often, until softened, about 7 minutes. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 3 minutes. Stir in the greens by the handful, adding more as the previous batch starts to wilt. Add the chipotles and season lightly with salt and pepper. Cover and cook over low heat, stirring often, until the greens are very tender, about 1 hour.
  3. Discard the chipotles if using dried. Stir in the vinegar and season with salt and pepper. Transfer the greens to a bowl and pass the Tabasco at the table.

Make Ahead

The greens can be refrigerated for 2 days. Rewarm gently over low heat before serving.

Contributed By Published December 2000

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