When I was a kid my mom used to laugh at me because I loved veggies so much. And, I still do! I don’t remember the first time I tried collard greens, but I loved them. For years I tried to find greens that were as good as they were the first time I tried them. So, I worked on recipes until I landed on this super easy collard greens recipe.
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BBQ Party Food
When I think of good southern foods, I immediately think of good bbq, smoked meats, creamy mac and cheese, and savory southern collard greens.
Nearly everyone’s southern granny has a family recipe for good greens. My Mimi was a Yankee, and my grandma was from the MidWest…so there was no family recipe to share.
But, don’t worry, y’all…you can pretend I am that southern granny sharing a decades old family recipe for delicious greens.
These greens are super easy to make, so you don’t need a whole lot of supplies.
- Greens – you can buy them pre-cut or in a bunch
- Hot Sauce
- Bacon Grease
- Ham (Bone in is ideal, but not necessary)
- Amazon Link – Heavy Pot, this is the one I use.
Southern Collard Greens
- 2 lbs Chopped Collard Greens
- 4 pcs Bacon
- 3 TBS Bacon Grease
- 1 Cup Chopped Ham Add the bone if you can
- 4 TBS Hot Sauce
- 4 Cups Water
Clean and cut greens.
Cut raw bacon into small pieces.
Cut ham into cubes.
Add all ingredients into pot and bring to a boil.
Once the water is boiling, reduce heat to simmer.
Allow to simmer for 3-4 hours.
I love to have greens with smoked sausage, barbecue chicken, and baked potato wedges or macaroni and cheese. And they are so easy to make, I am not sure why it took me so long to just try a recipe for collard greens!