Brown-Butter Creamed Winter Greens

http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Brown-Butter-Creamed-Winter-Greens-241192

3/4 stick unsalted butter, divided
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 cups whole milk
2 tablespoons minced shallot
1 Turkish or 1/2 California bay leaf
6 black peppercorns
3 1/2 pounds mixed winter greens such as collards, mustard greens, and kale
6 ounces slab bacon, any rind discarded and bacon cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices, then cut crosswise into 1/4-inch sticks (lardons)
1 cup finely chopped onion
1/2 cup heavy cream
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon dried hot red-pepper flakes
1 tablespoon cider vinegar, or to taste

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