Collard Greens with Bacon

Collard Greens with Bacon

Perfect recipe for a nutrient-dense side, this Southern staple is certain to please.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 4 servings


  • 1/2 lb bacon, cut into 1/2 inch strips
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp pepper flakes
  • 2 tbs vinegar
  • 1 pinch brown sugar
  • 2 lbs collard greens, stems removed and leaves chopped coarse
  • 1 cup broth


  • Cook bacon until crisp, then transfer to a paper towel lined plate. Reserve about 3 tbs bacon fat in the pan, discard the rest.
  • Cook onion over medium-low until softened.
  • Stir in garlic, pepper flakes, the pinch of sugar, and vinegar.
  • Add about half the collard greens and stir until wilted slightly. Add bacon, broth, and remaining collard greens. Stir until evenly combined.
  • Cover and let simmer for 30 minutes. Stir and test the greens. Depending on the age of the leaves, they may need to cook longer to reach desired tenderness, up to 2 hours.