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Mike Costello’s Maple Braised Garden Greens


This recipe is from farm-to-table chef and farmer from Harrison County, Mike Costello. He shared this recipe on a recent episode of Inside Appalachia.

Serves 4-6


2 lb fresh greens (turnip greens, kale or collards) rinsed and coarsely chopped

1 large onion, cut into ⅛” slices

3 cloves garlic, minced

4 slices smoked bacon, diced

3 Tablespoons maple syrup

½ cup dry hard apple cider

½ cup chicken stock

Course salt, as needed


  • In a medium stock pot or large cast-iron skillet, over medium heat, cook bacon for 4-6 minutes until fat begins to render. Remove bacon and reserve.
  • Add onions and garlic, then cook for 2-4 minutes until onions are slightly translucent.
  • Add chopped greens and cooked bacon, sauté for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add hard cider, chicken stock and 2 T of the maple syrup. Reduce heat to low.
  • Place a lid on the pot or skillet and simmer over low heat for 10-20 minutes until greens are tender.
  • Remove the lid and cook for another 3-4 minutes.
  • Just before serving, add remainder of the maple syrup and salt to taste.

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