This Southern Collard Greens recipe is a classic easy side dish! Flavored with smoky bacon and sweet onion, the greens are a crowd-pleasing option for your next Sunday supper or holiday meal.
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Servings: 6- 8 people
8ouncesHickory Smoked bacondiced
1medium sweet oniondiced
1 ½tablespoonsminced garlic
2lbs.fresh collard greenstrimmed and washed
2tablespoonsapple cider vinegar
Optional garnish: crushed red pepper flakes or hot sauce
Cook bacon in a large stockpot or Dutch oven over medium heat 10 to 12 minutes or until almost crisp. Add onion, and sauté 8 minutes.
Stir in garlic and sauté 1 more minute. Add broth, collard greens, vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper. Simmer (uncovered) over low heat for 1 ½ hours, stirring occasionally (or until collards reach desired level of tenderness).
Buy pre-washed and pre-chopped collard greens for a shortcut. If you choose to wash and trim your own greens, be sure that you rinse them really well to get out any sand or sediment in the leaves.
Use pork, turkey, or smoky ham to flavor the greens instead of the bacon.
Give the greens even more smoky flavor by adding a dash of smoked paprika to the broth.
For a spicy "kick," garnish the greens with crushed red pepper flakes or hot sauce.
Prep ahead! You can make these collard greens at least 1-2 days in advance. Keep them in the refrigerator and just reheat over low heat on the stovetop when you're ready to serve them!
Recipe adapted from Southern Living
Southern Collard Greens Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 /8 of the recipe)
Calories 174Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Vitamin A 5700IU114%
Vitamin C 53.5mg65%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.