Bacon Collard Greens Recipe
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Bacon Collard Greens Recipe

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A staple of Southern cuisine, these collard greens are tossed with smoked bacon for one incredible side dish —Marsha Ankeney, Niceville, Florida
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 55 min.
MAKES:9 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 55 min.
MAKES: 9 servings


  • 2 pounds collard greens
  • 4 thick-sliced bacon strips, chopped
  • 1 cup chopped sweet onion
  • 5 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup sun-dried tomatoes (not packed in oil), chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 157 calories, 10g fat (4g saturated fat), 12mg cholesterol, 651mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 5g fiber), 7g protein


  1. Trim thick stems from collard greens; coarsely chop leaves. In a Dutch oven, saute bacon for 3 minutes. Add onion; cook 8-9 minutes longer or until onion is tender and bacon is crisp. Add greens; cook just until wilted.
  2. Stir in remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 45-50 minutes or until greens are tender. Yield: 9 servings.
Originally published as Bacon Collard Greens in Southern Favorites 2011, p52

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Reviewed Feb. 17, 2015

"Jsatov, no, collards are a separate plant entirely (cousin to the turnip green) and not at all like cabbage, though this recipe would be yummy using cabbage, now that you mention it!!"

Reviewed Jan. 9, 2015

"I made this recipe without the tomatoes (didn't have any) and without the red pepper (picky kids). It was delicious. Everyone, even my dad who grew up on a farm in South Georgia, really liked them. Wonderful side dish."

Reviewed Dec. 30, 2014

"are collard greens just cabbage or are there other collard greens?"

Reviewed Nov. 30, 2014

"Excellent recipe."

Reviewed Nov. 17, 2013

"Loved this recipe! It is the best collard greens recipe I have tried."

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