Recipe by Rita~
Collards are among the oldest members of the cabbage family! Vegetarians can skip the bacon and use smoke flavoring and use a veggie broth in place of the chicken broth. I find this is one green that you do have to cook a while. The flavor is between cabbage and kale. They are low in calories. A rich source of fiber, vitamin C and calcium, and protects you against cancer.
Top Review by ala-kat
I did not use this recipe for my collards, but mine mirrored this recipe except for the sugar although I did not measure anything. It was just what I threw together and they are so very good this way. Melt in your mouth tender, and packed full of flavor.
- 3 -4 slices cooked bacon, cut into small pieces
- 1 medium onion (sliced or chopped)
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 8 cups collard greens, tough stems removed and cleaned well
- 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 1 teaspoon seasoning salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 1 1⁄2 cups chicken stock
- 1⁄4 cup light brown sugar (optional)
- In a deep pot brown bacon add onion and garlic and optional sugar to fried bacon.
- Add collards layering with spices to fried bacon add broth and cover pot and cook until tender over medium heat for about 30 minutes.
- Taste and adjust seasonings.