Southern-Style Collard Greens

You won’t believe how good collard greens are until you’ve tried Southern-Style Collard Greens. We’re sharing our secret to the very best way to make them.

You won't believe how good collard greens are until you've tried Southern-Style Collard Greens. We're sharing our secrets to the very best way to make them.

Collard greens are a staple at any southern table and it’s easy to see why once you try this recipe. Quite honestly, the whole country should get involved. We’ll say it again just in case you didn’t already learn this from our Creamy Kale and Bacon dish. Any vegetable dish that has bacon in the recipe is worth making, but this has even more savory craveable ingredients. I mean, bacon, apple cider vinegar, garlic – isn’t your mouth watering just thinking about it?

The perfect collard greens dish is tender, smoky, savory, a bit sweet and a touch spicy. We find that it’s best to prepare this in a Dutch oven or large stock pot. That way you can brown the bacon bits in the same pan that you cook the greens in for added flavor.

We also add some maple syrup and hot sauce to bring a sweet heat to the dish. To easily cut the greens, we recommend cutting out the stems, then washing the greens well and chiffonading them like you would basil. It makes it simple. Your family is sure to love this dish, and you’ll be happy they’re eating their greens.

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Southern-Style Collard Greens

You won’t believe how good collard greens are until you’ve tried Southern-Style Collard Greens. We’re sharing our secret to the very best way to make them.

  • Author: Allie McDonald
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 hours, 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. collard greens
  • 1/5 lb. (approx. 5 slices) bacon, diced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 1 and 1/2 cups unsalted chicken stock
  • 1 Tbsp. maple syrup
  • 10-12 dashes hot sauce (like Tabasco), plus more for serving
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper

Instructions

  1. Start by washing and drying the collard green leaves well. Cut the thick stem out of each of the leaves and discard. Roll the collards up so you have a log of leaves and slice into ribbons or chiffonade. Set the collard greens on a paper towel to dry fully while you cook the bacon.
  2. Dice the bacon and place it into a pot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Brown the bacon, remove it from the pot and set it on a paper towel to drain.
  3. While the bacon cooks, dice the onion and mince the garlic. When the bacon is cooked, leave the grease in the pan and sauté the diced onion for about 5 minutes or until it starts to brown. Add the garlic and collard greens and cook for one minute before deglazing the pan with the apple cider vinegar. Add the chicken stock, maple syrup, hot sauce, salt, black pepper and the cooked bacon. Stir and bring the pot to a boil. Cover and cook for about 2 hours until the greens are tender. Serve hot!

You won't believe how good collard greens are until you've tried Southern-Style Collard Greens. We're sharing our secrets to the very best way to make them.
You won't believe how good collard greens are until you've tried Southern-Style Collard Greens. We're sharing our secrets to the very best way to make them.

Allie McDonald

Allie is an avocado obsessed, hot pepper junky with a serious passion for food. When she isn’t adding to her cowgirl boot collection, you can find her in the kitchen, with her apron covered in the day’s creations. She’s the blogger behind Miss Allie’s Kitchen, a food blog dedicated to creating whole and healthy recipes to inspire home cooks.