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Taylor’s Collard Greens

Taylor’s Collard Greens are tender, yet crunchy, and filled with southern ‘sass’. Try Taylor’s recipe if you want to taste the best collards ever!

Why This Recipe is Special

My niece, Taylor, is quite the cook. In fact, I’d say she’s better than me on most days. She studies her craft extensively, and knows more about the history of southern food than I ever will. That’s why I love this recipe for Taylor’s Collard Greens.

Taylor comes from the same line of cooks that I do, and she’s definitely carrying on our family traditions. Like all good cooks, she isn’t afraid to take risks and try new things in the kitchen.

At our last get-together, I took one bite of Taylor’s Collard Greens and knew I had to wrangle the recipe out of her. Luckily, she was happy to oblige. These greens are delicious as a side to barbecue, chicken, or beans on New Year’s Day!

Recipe Tips and FAQs

These collards are as southern as you can imagine…with a little bit of Taylor’s twist. She likes them crunchy…so she doesn’t cook them as long as most southern cooks do. I’m gonna say they’re probably a little healthier that way, even though the bacon and butter surely make up the difference.

No matter what, they’re the best I’ve ever tasted. And, I’ve tasted lots of collards. So, if you’re cooking up a big southern meal, Taylor’s Collard Greens surely need to be on your table.

Ingredients You’ll Need

  • bacon
  • butter
  • onion
  • pre-shredded collard greens
  • chicken stock (ad)
  • garlic
  • salt and pepper
  • apple cider vinegar
  • hot sauce (optional)

Ingredient amounts are listed in the recipe card below.

How to Make Collards

In a large pot, cook bacon slices on medium heat until lightly browned. (don’t cook until crispy). Remove bacon from pot and drain on a plate lined with a paper towel. Set aside.

Leave excess bacon fat in pot. Add butter and chopped onions. Saute’ butter and onions over medium low heat for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. 

Gradually add collards. Stir, and let wilt for about 5 minutes by covering the pot. Uncover, then stir again. Turn up the heat to medium and add chicken stock. Bring collards to a boil.

Add garlic, salt and pepper. Stir well and cook over medium low heat for at least 30 minutes until collards are tender, but still crisp. Continue to cook if collards are not done at this point. They should be crunchy, but not tough.

When collards are tender, add bacon back to the pot, along with vinegar and hot sauce. Turn off heat and stir well. Allow collards to rest uncovered for 2 minutes before serving.

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Taylor’s Collard Greens


Description

Taylor’s Collard Greens are the perfect side to your southern meals. They’re tender, yet crunchy…and oh, so yummy!


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Ingredients

  • 6 slices bacon (sliced crosswise into 1/2 inch pieces)
  • 1 Tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 lb. bag of pre-shredded collard greens
  • 32 oz. carton chicken stock
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. pepper
  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • dash or two of hot sauce (optional)

Instructions

  1. In a large pot, cook bacon slices on medium heat until lightly browned. (don’t cook until crispy).
  2. Remove bacon from pot and drain on a plate lined with a paper towel.  Set aside.
  3. Leave excess bacon fat in pot. Add butter and chopped onions.
  4. Saute’ butter and onions over medium low heat for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. 
  5. Gradually add collards.  Stir, and let wilt for about 5 minutes by covering the pot.  Uncover, then stir again.
  6. Turn up the heat to medium and add chicken stock.  Bring collards to a boil.
  7. Add garlic, salt and pepper.  
  8. Stir well and cook over medium low heat for at least 30 minutes until collards are tender, but still crisp.  
  9. Continue to cook if collards are not done at this point.  They should be crunchy, but not tough.
  10. When collards are tender, add bacon back to the pot, along with vinegar and hot sauce.  Turn off heat and stir well.  
  11. Allow collards to rest uncovered for 2 minutes before serving.

Notes

Young shredded collards cook faster than other types.  If your collards need more time, cook for an additional 15 minutes, or until tender.

Serve with extra vinegar and hot sauce if desired!

  • Category: Sides
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Southern

Keywords: collard greens, collards, southern, sides, onion, butter, garlic, bacon, shredded collards

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14 Comments

  1. Oh Taylor!! I can’t wait to try out your collard greens recipe!! Thanks so much for sharing your recipe with us all!!!

  2. Collard greens must be in a southerner’s blood. I love the way these taste! Thanks to Taylor, and thanks to you, Debi, for letting me taste them.

  3. Beth Myers

    These look amazing! Can’t wait to try Taylor’s recipe.

  4. Dewitt Daniell

    That’s almost the way I cook collards. I am a bit more traditionally southern in that I cook ‘em good and done … way more than 30 min. But the chicken stock, vinegar and garlic is the way I’ve always done it. Plus, I blanch ‘em, rinse, and then cook ‘em down. Of course … bacon is the key! You cannot go wrong with bacon.

    • You’re right, Dewitt…everything’s better with bacon! I cook my collards longer too, but once I tasted Taylor’s recipe, I was hooked on the crunch. I love that you mostly make them the same way… 🙂

  5. Had these on Christmas Day made by Taylor herself. They are always delicious- but I’m her mom so I’m a little partial. She is a great cook and loves to try new things. She certainly takes after Aunt Debi.

  6. Thanks for featuring my Collards Debi! Perfect for New Years Day!! They are one of my favorite things to cook & I hope everyone enjoys them as much as I do 🙂

  7. Roxanne Dove

    Planning to make the collard greens for New Years. Thank you Taylor and Cousin Debi🥰

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