Swamp Cabbage Stew
3 slices thick-cut slab bacon
1 large yellow onion, roughly chopped
1 18-oz. can hearts of palm,
drained and cut into 1/4" slices
1 14-oz. can crushed tomatoes, with their juices
1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and finely chopped
1 tsp. kosher salt
2 sprigs fresh thyme
1 tsp. sugar
1/4 tsp. freshly ground pepper
2 cups cooked white rice
1. Heat a 12" skillet over medium-high heat. Add bacon and cook until the fat renders and the bacon is golden brown and crisp, about 10 minutes. With tongs, transfer bacon to a paper towel–lined plate. Discard all but 3 tbsp. of the rendered bacon fat.
2. Add onions and hearts of palm to the skillet and cook until they begin to brown, 5–10 minutes. Add the tomatoes, jalapeño, salt, thyme, sugar, and pepper. Simmer, partially covered, until the flavors meld, about 15–20 minutes. Serve spooned on rice, with bacon crumbled over top.