How to Cook Collard Greens

Collards are a regional staple in the Southeast, but people in other parts of the country are less familiar with how to cook collard greens. Considering that they're packed with nutrients such as vitamins A and C--not to mention being delicious--it's about time that changed. While the slightly bitter taste of the leaves put some people off, the bitterness can be balanced by other ingredients. In this recipe, collard greens simmer with smoked turkey bone, onion and garlic. The greens take some time to cook down but the finished product is flavorful and nutritious.
-Hi! I'm Miranda with, and today, I'm gonna show you how to make collard greens. Now, collard greens are packed with vitamin A and C and they're actually a type of cabbage. And, today, we're gonna simmer it with a smoked turkey bone for a really rich, delicious flavor. So, we've got our ingredients all laid out here. We have 1 smoked turkey neck bone. We have 14 ounces of reduced sodium chicken stock. We have 2 cloves of garlic thinly sliced, 1 teaspoon of olive oil, a quarter of a teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper, and 1 medium onion which has been peeled and chopped, and then, of course, we have the star of the show--we have about 9 cups here or 2 pounds of freshly washed and chopped collard greens. We also have a large pot over here. You can use a pot or a Dutch oven and it's on medium heat and we are going to start by putting in the olive oil and then we are gonna cook that together with the onions and the garlic for about 5 minutes until tender. Okay, so, it's been 5 minutes and my onions are nice and soft and my garlic is just super yummy mellow. So, what we're going to do is now, into the pot, add our chicken broth, add our smoked turkey neck bone, the pepper, and then the collard greens. So, once this comes to boil, we're gonna stir then cover it and let it cooked for about an hour until the collard greens are nice, tender, and wilted. Okay, so, it's been an hour and my collard greens cooked until perfectly tender. Look how much this wilted down to, remember, what we started with and it's just wilted down to this wonderful, perfect, little classic southern side dish. Now, I removed the turkey bone and drained off any excess liquid before putting into the serving dish and we are going to serve it with a slotted spoon. So super easy to do. Really, really tasty. That's how you make collard greens. Thanks for watching and, for more great recipes and savings, visit us at

What You'll Need

  • 2   pounds fresh collard greens
  • 1   teaspoon olive oil
  • 1   medium onion, chopped
  • 2   cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1  14  ounce can reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1   smoked turkey neck bone or smoked turkey drumstick bone*
  • 1/4  teaspoon ground black pepper

Step By Step

Wash collard greens thoroughly. Cut off stems and discard. Coarsely chop collard greens and set aside. (You should have about 9 cups packed.) In a 4-quart Dutch oven, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onion and garlic; cook about 5 minutes or until tender.
Add collard greens, chicken broth, smoked turkey bone, and pepper. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer about 1 hour or until collard greens are tender. Remove smoked turkey bone and drain off any excess liquid. Serve warm with a slotted spoon. Makes 6 (1/3-cup) servings.

  • *Test Kichen Tip: If using a turkey drumstick, remove meat and reserve for another use; use only the bone for this recipe.
Many a Southerner grew up knowing how to make collard greens, and there's no reason why you can't hit a home run on your very first batch--or as they say in the South, your first "mess o' greens."

nutrition information

Per Serving: cal. (kcal) 39, Fat, total (g) 1, chol. (mg) 0, sat. fat (g) 0, carb. (g) 6, fiber (g) 3, pro. (g) 2, sodium (mg) 137, Vegetables () 1, Carb Choice () 0.5, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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