Winter greens with bacon butter

Winter greens with bacon butter

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(3 ratings)

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 15 mins


Serves 6
We used kale in this sumptuous side dish, but any winter green would work well. Try cavolo nero or chard.

Nutrition and extra info

  • butter only
  • Gluten-free

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal140
  • fat13g
  • saturates7g
  • carbs0g
  • sugars1g
  • fibre3g
  • protein4g
  • salt0.8g


  • 6 rashers smoked streaky bacon
  • 140g salted butter, softened
  • 400g kale or other winter greens



    A member of the cabbage family, kale comes in two forms: kale, which has smooth leaves, and…


  1. Heat grill to a medium-high setting. Cook the bacon under the grill until really crisp, turning halfway through cooking. Remove, drain on kitchen paper and leave to cool.

  2. Put the bacon in a food processor and whizz until finely chopped. Add the butter and some black pepper, and blend again until combined. Transfer to a dish, or roll in cling film and chill for up to 3 days, or freeze for 2 months.

  3. Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil. Add the kale and cook for 3-4 mins until tender. Drain well, then top with half the butter (see tip, below), and toss to help it melt and coat the kale.

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Azadeh Ta's picture
Azadeh Ta
25th Jan, 2018
The calorie count is obviously wrong! It's more like 291 calories per serving!
12th Apr, 2014
The bacon butter totally transforms ordinary kale into something really delicious. I boiled the kale for about 10 minutes because it was a bit tough (old!) and used up some leftover uncooked lardons which I fried to a crisp and then just added to the butter.
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