Down Home Collard Greens


A delicious collard green recipe that goes well with any soul food or poultry entree.

Collard greens and bacon with rice in a white bowl
Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
1 hr 30 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 50 mins
6 servings


  • 1 bunch collard greens, chopped

  • 1 (16 ounce) package hickory-smoked bacon, diced

  • ½ cup butter

  • 1 large onion, chopped

  • 2 cubes chicken bouillon, crumbled

  • 1 cup water

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano

  • 1 pinch ground thyme, or to taste

  • 1 pinch dried savory, or to taste

  • 4 teaspoons milk


  1. Put collard greens in a pot full of lightly salted water; bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low, and cook until tender, about 1 hour. Drain.

  2. Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium-high heat until crisp, about 10 minutes. Drain the bacon on paper towels.

  3. Melt butter in a large pot over medium heat. Cook and stir onion in melted butter until tender, 7 to 10 minutes. Stir bacon, chicken bouillon, water, garlic, oregano, thyme, and savory into the onion; bring to a boil. Stir collard greens into the mixture and simmer 5 minutes. Pour milk over the mixture, stir, and cook another 5 minutes.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)

301 Calories
26g Fat
7g Carbs
11g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 301
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 26g 33%
Saturated Fat 13g 66%
Cholesterol 68mg 23%
Sodium 1079mg 47%
Total Carbohydrate 7g 2%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 11g
Vitamin C 19mg 96%
Calcium 97mg 7%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 280mg 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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