Southern Collard Greens

CSA Southern Collard Greens

Southern Collard Greens


This recipe is based on my mothers recipe for collard greens. I’m slightly concerned for my life writing this as she hates when I ‘master’ her recipes, but I hope she will understand!

This is a pretty simple recipe, but labor intensive and timely. The result though…ahh, reminds me of home and almost any family function.

Recipe: Southern Collard Greens

Ingredients –

2 Bunch of Collard Greens
4 Pieces of THICK cut bacon
1 Tbsp of Olive Oil
1.5 Tbsp Cajun Seasoning
6 Cups of Water



Directions –
Start by filling your sink with cold water. I still have yet to figure how this works, but somehow it seems to revitalize the leaves and helps to sift any dirt out. You’ll need to tear the leaves away from the stalks. This is the labor intensive part, but will make life easier later on.

Once you have torn the leaves and let them soak let for a while, take your bacon and cube it. Cut the strips into to 1/4 inch pieces and then cut those into pieces. In a stock pot, add your olive oil and set the temperature to medium. Then add the bacon to the pot and begin to brown the bacon.

Once browned, add the water and Cajun seasoning to the pot. Turn the heat up to high and scrape the bits off the bottom. Cover and wait for the water to come to a boil.

While waiting on the water to boil, take your leaves out of the sink in batches, roll them up and cut them into strips. When the water boils, add the greens to the pot and cover.

Now comes the wait. It will take about an hour for these to cook down. Once the pot returns to a boil, reduce the heat to medium and cover. About 45 minutes in, taste the collards and add salt to taste. Cover and wait the remaining 15. (if at any point if the water all cooks out, add 1-2 cups more.)

When done, the leaves will be tender to the taste and slightly spicy. I love-making collards because it makes my apartment smell like home and just about every holiday we’ve ever had. Greens are a great side, to well, any meal. Enjoy!

CSA Southern Collard Greens

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