Collard Greens with Turkey Bacon

A twist on the classic collard greens using thick, wood-smoked turkey bacon.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 45 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 10 mins
8 servings


  • 1 (12 ounce) package smoked turkey bacon, chopped

  • 8 cups water

  • 1 ½ cups chicken broth

  • 1 tablespoon sea salt

  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 pinch ground cumin

  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper

  • 1 pinch celery seed

  • 1 pinch dried dill weed

  • 1 tablespoon salted butter

  • 2 medium leeks, chopped

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced, or more to taste

  • 2 pounds collard greens, rinsed and trimmed


  1. Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until evenly browned, about 10 minutes. Drain bacon slices on paper towels.

  2. Bring water to a boil in a large pot with chicken broth, salt, pepper, cumin, cayenne, celery seed, and dill.

  3. While the mixture comes to a boil, melt butter in a small pan over medium-high heat. Saute leeks and garlic in the hot butter until garlic is lightly browned, 3 to 4 minutes. Add to the pot of water.

  4. Cut collard leaves in half and stir into the boiling mixture. Add cooked turkey bacon and cook over high heat for 30 minutes. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until greens are tender and flavors have melded, about 1 hour.

  5. Serve hot with or without some of the juice, adding more salt and pepper to taste.

Cook's Note:

I used Godshall's wood-smoked, thick-cut turkey bacon.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

102 Calories
5g Fat
11g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 102
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 2g 9%
Cholesterol 18mg 6%
Sodium 1093mg 48%
Total Carbohydrate 11g 4%
Dietary Fiber 5g 16%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 43mg 216%
Calcium 199mg 15%
Iron 9mg 50%
Potassium 284mg 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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