Smoky Collard Greens

Sometimes cooking is about trying something new – whether you plan t or not. A couple of years ago I had a friend call to ask if I wanted any collards.

Thinking that she meant she was sharing some of what she made, I said yes. When she stopped by to drop them off I found myself with a ton of raw leaves. she left and I was sitting in the kitchen trying to figure our what to do next.

Not knowing how to prepare them, I did what I’ve always done with new recipes. I Googled it. Yep, the internet is my cooking instructor at times. Even better than finding a written recipe, found a Youtube video clip.

That weekend I made some collard greens and they were fantastic. You don’t know until you try.


  • 1 bunch collard greens
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 3 slices of bacon (chopped)
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon  olive oil
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper


  • Sweat the diced onions in a tablespoon or so of olive oil, the pimenton, a few grinds of pepper and a pinch of salt until translucent.
  • Remove the collard stems, roll and chop the leaves and then wash them well in a lot of water.
  • Do several changes of water for dirty greens.
  • When the onions are soft, add the greens, bacon, olive oil, and a splash or two of water.
  • Cover and let the greens wilt over medium heat. In a minute or two check the greens and give them a stir.
  • Add more water if needed to keep the greens moist, you want some liquid in the pot but not a soupy mess since we aren’t cooking these very long.
  • Cover and reduce the heat to low.
  • Cook for 20 minutes or until the greens are tender enough for you.

Thoughts on Collard Greens

Have your ever made collard greens? How do you prepare it -with bacon or fatback?

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