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Kickin Collard Greens

Growing up one of my favorite greens that my Dad used to make was Collards. He’d start with some smoked ham hocks and go to town on them collards! These days I use bacon in my collard greens to give it that smoky taste which cuts down on time considerably. I highly recommend using homemade bone broth…you won’t duplicate the deliciousness using store bought broth.

I prefer to cut out the thickest part of the stem because by the time they’re cooked soft enough to enjoy, the leaves are too soft in my opinion.

Once the stems are removed, roll a hand-full of leaves lengthwise, then chop the leaves into strips and then cross cut the strips. You want pieces that are no bigger than 2″ or so.

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Saute the bacon, onion, garlic, crushed red pepper.

Image of bacon, onion, garlic, pepper flakes sauteing

Add in the collards and toss a few times with tongs.

Image of chopped collard greens in a pot on the stove

Cover, reduce heat and let simmer for 40 minutes. Wasn’t that easy?

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Kickin Collard Greens

Truly an easy way to cook some of the most delicious collard greens possible!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time50 mins
Servings: 4
Author: Lynette ~


  • 1 T olive oil or bacon drippings
  • 6 strips bacon, cooked and chopped into 1/2 pieces
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 small onion, diced (large)
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 bunches collard greens, washed and chopped
  • 1/2 cup bone broth, homemade
  • 1 T apple cider vinegar
  • fine sea salt and pepper, to taste


  • In a large pot over medium heat, add olive oil, bacon, garlic, onion and red pepper flakes. 
  • Add collards and toss a few times with tongs. Don't be afraid to over fill the pot with collards - squish it all in - it'll cook down to almost nothing!
  • Add bone broth and vinegar and cover with lid. Reduce heat and simmer for 30-40 minutes.
  • Serve immediately.
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