Southern-Style Collard Greens

Experience the rich and soulful flavors of Southern-style Collard Greens with this timeless recipe. This traditional dish combines hearty collard greens with savory bacon, onions, and a touch of heat from red pepper flakes. The addition of brown sugar and cider vinegar adds a hint of sweetness and tanginess, balancing the flavors to perfection. Prepare yourself for a comforting and satisfying side dish that embodies the essence of Southern cuisine.

Southern-Style Collard Greens

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Southern-style Collard Greens are a beloved dish that captures the essence of Southern cooking. This classic Southern dish is packed with flavor and pairs well with a variety of main courses.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Servings 4


  • 3 strips bacon
  • 1 medium onion sliced
  • 2 bunches collard greens washed
  • 1 tbsp chopped garlic
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp cider vinegar
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper


  • Dice the uncooked bacon.
  • In a high-sided skillet, cook the bacon over medium heat until brown, about 5 minutes.
  • In the same pan add the onions and sauté until translucent, about 5 minutes.
  • Strip the leaves from the tough stems of the collard greens. Stack the leaves, roll them up and cut them into thin strips.
  • Add the greens to the skillet with the bacon and onions. Add the garlic and red pepper flakes, brown sugar, cider vinegar, salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Stir and cover the skillet. Cook for 15 minutes, stirring halfway though.
  • Collards are done when tender and no longer bitter.


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