Tender beans and greens pair with caramelized onions, savoury bacon, sliced garlic, smoked paprika, and a hint of spice, are stewed up in pan juices in one single pot are then served over indulgently thick slices of crunchy-edged, pan toasted garlic bread.
Inspired by my Grandma Shaffer's recipe and Epicurious.
Place your Dutch oven, braiser, or skillet over medium high heat. Brush both sides of your bread slices with the garlic oil. Toast in the hot pan for about 1 1/2 minutes on each side, or until golden brown with some charred bits. Remove to a plate.
Return the pan to medium high heat and add in the cut up bacon strips. Fry, stirring frequently, until the bacon is beginning to crisp and has rendered at least 1 1/2 tablespoons of fat, about 4 minutes.
Stir in the onions (and chopped greens stems, if using). Fry for about 4 more minutes, or until the onions are translucent, tender, and starting to turn golden.
Add in the sliced garlic, smoked paprika, crushed red pepper flakes, kosher salt, black pepper, and dried thyme. Stir for 1 minute, or until fragrant.
Add about 1/3 of the greens and use tongs or two wooden spoons to toss with the hot onion and bacon mixture until the greens wilt, turn bright, and shrink a bit. (If you're starting with dry greens, see Cook's Notes). Repeat this until all of the greens are incorporated into the pan.
Add the chicken stock and vinegar, stir, and bring to a simmer. Simmer until the greens and stems reach your desired level of tenderness; for us, that's about 5 minutes.
Finally, add the drained and rinsed beans to the mixture and toss. Continue cooking just until the beans are heated through.
Place one piece of garlic toast in a bowl, top with a generous scoop of beans, greens, and broth. If desired, top each serving with a fried egg and a dusting of smoked paprika.