Even though a large part of my family lives in the south, being from California myself I never really tried real southern food until we were stationed at Fort Benning, Georgia a few years ago. I had never tried black eyed peas, okra, or even collard greens before. I was too busy eating cheese strips by the Huntington Beach pier and other foods from my childhood.
But when we moved to Georgia I figured it was about time I tried some real southern food. On a weekend trip to Atlanta with my husband we went to this brewery downtown where I tried bacon braised collard greens for the first time. It was glorious! They were so flavorful and the greens literally melted in my mouth. And between the bacon and quite a few beers, my husband was a big fan too.
Now, I’ve got a recipe for bacon braised collard greens already. These greens are delicious and pretty quick to whip up for a weeknight dinner. However, they don’t quite have that completely infused with mouthwatering flavor, melt in your mouth kind of thing. For that, you need a long slow simmer with some bacon and a lot of broth, which isn’t always conducive to weeknight meals. However, you make enough and you’ve got leftovers to reheat and eat all week! And that’s exactly what I do with this Southern Style Braised Collard Greens recipe. Whenever I’ve got an abundance of collards on my hands (or really any other greens, collards are just my fave) I braise them and eat them all week long. So easy and so delicious!
- 1 pound bacon, chopped
- 1 sweet onion, thinly sliced
- 2 cloves garlic
- 6 cups bone broth
- 1½ pounds collard greens (about 2 bunches)
- 2 tbs apple cider vinegar
- 1 tsp coconut sugar (optional)
- ½ tsp sea salt
- ½ tsp black pepper (optional)
- In a large stock pot, cook bacon over medium heat until almost fully cooked
- Add onion and saute until translucent, about 8-10 minutes
- Add garlic and saute until fragrant, about another minute
- Stir in remaining ingredients, bring to a boil and then reduce heat to low and simmer
- Cook, uncovered, for about 2 hours until most of the liquid has reduced
- Add additional salt and pepper to taste if needed
If you need a tasty way to get more greens into your diet or that of your family’s, this is the perfect recipe! What is your favorite way to eat your greens? Let me know in the comments below!
In vibrant health,