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Spicy Southern Collard Greens

Updated: Jan 3, 2022

Spicy collard greens are a southern staple throughout the fall and winter months. New Years Day it is traditional for southerners to prepare collard greens to represent wealth coming into the new year. The good thing about greens is that you can mix and match different kinds like collards, cabbage, broccoli, mustard, and turnip greens and they all taste fantastic with this recipe. So feel free to use whatever greens you have available to you during the season. Greens start out very bulky but will soon wilt down into a much smaller amount than when you start. The two key ingredients (besides the collards of course) are bacon and chicken broth. They impart the most amazing flavors into the greens. So lets get started on this recipe.


* large bunch of greens (stems removed and chopped)

* 5 slices of bacon (chopped into small pieces)

* 1 medium onion (diced)

* 2-3 cloves of garlic(roughly chopped)

* 4-5 cups of chicken broth

* 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes

* 1/8-1/4c cowboy candy marinade (subs:hot sauce/brown sugar/vinegar)

* salt & pepper 1 tsp of each (or to taste)


Prepare greens by removing stems and roughly chopping the leaves into pieces. Wash the greens thoroughly. Chop onion and garlic into small pieces. Render the bacon pieces in a large stock pot for a few minutes, then add the onions and sauté for 5 min. Next add the garlic and pepper flakes and sauté for 2 minutes. Add 1 cup of chicken broth. Now a few handfuls of greens at at time are added into the pot and allowed to wilt before adding the next handfuls. Keep doing this until all the greens are in the pot. Now add salt and pepper to taste and the cowboy candy marinade Add in additional chicken stock 3-4 cups and allow the green to simmer for 2 hours or until tender. Once finished serve with black eyes peas and cornbread.

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