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A very nutritious vegetable, collard greens are a Southern staple. Cooked with ham, onions, garlic, and peppers, it's a side dish that is perfect for almost any meal.
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Author: Debbie


  • 1 bunch collard greens prepped and washed
  • 1/4 pound smoked ham or bacon
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 1 clove garlic peeled
  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes
  • 2 cups chicken stock (or water)
  • 2 teaspoons seasoned salt (or to taste)


  • Prepare the collards by removing the center stalk, chop, and wash 2-3 times to remove all grit and dirt. 
  • In a large stockpot, add the ham, onion, and garlic. Over medium heat, saute for 3-4 minutes.
  • Add the collards, chicken stock, red pepper flakes, and salt. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low, cover and cook for 1-2 hours until tender. 


If the collards seem too bitter, add a splash of apple cider vinegar or sugar.
The liquid remaining is called pot liquor and can be used as a base for a delicious soup.