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Basic Southern Collards

Basic Southern Collards

Prep: 10 minutes Cook time: 2 hours

  • Yield: 5 servings


  • 2 bunch(es) fresh collards (approx. 5 lbs)
  • 6 strips bacon diced
  • 1 large onion peeled and diced
  • 1 teaspoon(s) dried red pepper flakes
  • 2 teaspoon(s) salt
  • 1 teaspoon(s) ground black pepper
  • 1 ham bone


Wash the collards, breaking up the bunches as you go. Remove any tough or woody stalks. Cut the leaves into half-inch-wide strips. You can roll them into cigars to speed this process up.

Put the bacon in a large pot on high heat to render its grease. Cook for three or four minutes. Add the onion and cook until soft and translucent, but not very brown, about 5 minutes more. Add the collards and cover with cool water. Also add the seasonings and the ham bone. Cook collards until tender, which may be up to 2 hours.

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