From Garden to Table Collard Greens

We grow Collard Greens the year round here, but the spring Collards are the most tender and the best. I remember picking Collards with my Grandmother when I was a child, the leaves seemed so big. We would take them to the well and pump cold well water over the Collards and wash each leaf.  I always remember how cold that well water was when we were washing the Collards.  I also remember how good those Collard Greens tasted when they came out of the big pot on the wood burning stove, they still taste the same.

From Garden To Table Collard Greens

From Garden to Table Collard Greens at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Collard Greens
Miz Helen's Kitchen
16 cups Collard Greens washed, sliced 3/4 to 1 inch thick, stems removed
3 slices bacon, chopped
1 medium onion, medium chop
2 cups chicken stock
1 cup water
salt and pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 325 degrees
Remove the stems from the collard greens 
Soak the Collards for 10 minutes in ice cold water then wash the leaves
Cut the Collards in 3/4 inch to 1 inch strips
Cut the bacon in bite size pieces
Chop the onion in a medium chop
In a heavy Dutch Oven cook the bacon until it is crisp and remove to a draining towel
Add the onion to the Dutch Oven and saute the onion until almost clear
Add 1 cup Chicken Broth and get the goodies from the bottom of the pan
Add the prepared Collard Greens
Add the remainder cup of Chicken Broth and 1 cup of water
Bring to a boil until the Collard Greens are wilted
Stir well and cover
Place the Dutch Oven in a 325 degree oven and cook 1 hour
Remove from the oven, salt and pepper to taste
Add the drained bacon bites and stir well
These Collards will just melt in your mouth!
Recipe Tip
We always serve our Collard Greens with a side of HOT Pepper Sauce
Print Recipe
From Garden To Table

The Collard Greens Were Picked Only About An Hour Before They Went In The Pot

From Garden to Table Collard Greens at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Soak The Collard Greens

From Garden to Table Collard Greens at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Chop The Collards

From Garden to Table Collard Greens at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Drain The Collards

From Garden to Table Collard Greens at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

In The Dutch Oven and Ready To Cook

From Garden to Table Collard Greens at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

These Collard Greens Are Ready To Eat

From Garden to Table Collard Greens at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

We Are Serving Them Tonight With
Herb Grilled Pork Chop,  Get The Recipe Here

Herb Grilled Pork Chops at Miz Helen's Country Cottage


I sure am glad that you could come to the country today and enjoy some wonderful Collard Greens from  Garden to Table.  We always enjoy your visits and sure hope you come back soon!
Peace and Joy
Miz Helen
Miz Helen

Cookbook Author, Recipe Developer, Organic Gardner.


  1. We always cook our collards stovetop. I am intrigued by putting them in the oven. I've got kale from the garden right now that I think is going to get your collard treatment for dinner tonight. :)

  2. I would never have thought to put them in the oven. Have always cooked them on the stovetop. Never thought if the chicken broth either.

  3. This farm girl loves collards! I've never cooked them in the oven- must try this next time! :)

  4. I havent tried Collard Greens too many times ( I think my Grandma fixed them for me once..) You make them look good! =)

    Have a great day!

  5. I haven't had collard greens since I was a child. I need to make some soon.

  6. We love collards here, but a pan of cornbread is a must have, kinda like Tom and Jerry, Rocky and Bullwinkle, and George and Tammy. For some reason, my mom and mamaw would call it "a mess of greens." Not sure why they called it a mess, but I call it the same. I also look forward to that first "mess of green beans"

  7. Hi Miz Helen,
    Your collards are gorgeous! So lovely to have homegrown veggies!

  8. I have never tried collard greens, Miz Helen, but from your kitchen I know they'd be the best! xo

  9. I've never made collard greens, but it sounds so easy, and I know they are so good for you. I'll put em on my shopping list.

    Heidi’s Wanderings

  10. This is an all year NC crop too! Your dish looks delicious!

  11. They look delicious, we love collard greens! Thanks for sharing at Mix it up Monday :)

  12. Mmmm, I want some collards with bacon now, LOL. Thanks for sharing at Simple Supper Tuesday!

  13. What a fantastic way to serve collard greens! Love the added bacon, yum!

  14. They look delicious. I have never made them before, a bit scared I suppose. lol! Thanks for sharing at The Gathering Spot this week :) Enjoy the weekend!

  15. What a great recipe for collards! Love the bacon in there. Thanks for sharing on Hearth & Soul Hop. :)

  16. I read somewhere that if you put a couple of slices of thick smokey bacon in the pot of water with the chopped collards, it flavors the collards perfectly. You can avoid a ham hock, and it's so easy! I was born and raised in New England, so collards were a mystery to me until I joined a csa in Northern Virginia. I adore all greens so I eat collards a lot. I'm going to try it your way and compare. You can't go wrong with bacon and collards greens, no matter how they're prepared!


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