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Country-Style Greens

Country-Style Collard Greens Country-Style Collard Greens

These tasty boiled greens with bacon can be used as a side dish or as a light lunch when on the go.













Trans-fat Free, Low Carb


2 bunches collard greens
turnip, or, fresh mustard greens
1 tablespoon lard
or rendered bacon fat
1 medium onions
¼ pound bacon
smoked slab, or ham, cut in 1/2-inch dices or 1/2 pound ordinary sliced bacon
2 cups water
1 x salt and black pepper
salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1 x red hot pepper sauce


Trim away and discard the tough stems of greens. To loosen grit, place the leaves and the remaining tender stems (you should have about 2 quarts) in a large bowl, cover with lukewarm water, and soak for 5 minutes. Rinse several times in lukewarm water to wash away any remaining sand.

Melt lard in a large, heavy, nonreactive pot with a lid. (Do not use an aluminum pot; if possible, use one with an enamel coating.) Add onions and bacon. Fry together over medium-high heat, stirring often, until onions wilt and bacon starts to brown (about 5 minutes).

Add greens and the water and bring to a boil over high heat. Cover, lower heat to medium, and cook until greens are tender, with just a little crunch (about 20 minutes).

Uncover, raise heat to high, and boil off some of the excess water (about 5 minutes). Add salt, pepper, and hot sauce to taste, and serve hot (dish should be slightly soupy).

Serves 6.

Notes: Contrary to rumor, greens do not need hours of boiling in a sea of liquid, as this Mississippi recipe proves. What they do need, however, is the flavor of smoked slab bacon or ham; if you must substitute ordinary bacon or ham, you'll need twice as much. Greens are the traditional accompaniment to pork or ham; they also pair up well with corn bread or candied yams.


* not incl. in nutrient facts

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lynn in ma

I use low sodium chicken broth instead of water. I add a dash of red pepper flakes instead of the Tabasco and add just a bit of brown sugar and a splash of cider vinegar to take away the bitterness of the greens.

over 11 years ago

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 118g (4.2 oz)
Amount per Serving
Calories 12770% of calories from fat
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g 15%
Saturated Fat 3g 17%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 23mg 8%
Sodium 441mg 18%
Total Carbohydrate 1g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Sugars g
Protein 14g
Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 2%
Calcium 1% Iron 2%
* based on a 2,000 calorie diet How is this calculated?


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