Southern Collard Greens

Beth Pierce


These Southern Collard Greens are slow simmered with bacon, onion, garlic and a perfect blend of seasonings to give it that down home fresh off the farm southern touch. This comfort side dish is one of our absolute favorites. I love to serve it with Easy Pan Fried Chicken with Cream Gravy and Cornbread. If your family is anything like mine than coming up with tasty side dishes that have not been served a gazillion times is always a challenge. If you have never tried collard greens or maybe you just simply have not made them in years than these are a must try.


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15 Min
45 Min
Stove Top


  • 8 slice
    bacon chopped
  • 1 medium
    onion finely chopped
  • 3 clove
  • 1 lb
    collard greens washed, trimmed, and cut
  • 3 c
    chicken broth (enough to cover the greens)
  • 1 Tbsp
  • 1/2 tsp
    cajun seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp
    smoked paprika
  • 1/4 tsp
    crushed red pepper
  • ·
    salt and pepper to taste

How to Make Southern Collard Greens


  1. In a large Dutch oven or stockpot over medium heat brown the bacon. When the bacon is about halfway browned add the chopped onion. Cook until the bacon is browned and the onion is soft. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute; stirring constantly.
  2. Add the collard greens and cook until wilted and slightly softened. Add the chicken broth, sugar, cajun seasoning, paprika and crushed red pepper. Cover and simmer 45-60 minutes letting the liquid cook down and the greens really soften. Then drain most of the liquid or use a slotted spoon to remove. Salt and pepper to taste. For best results serve promptly.

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