Good-for-You Collards

Smoky bits of lean Canadian bacon and light beer are the secrets to this dish's fabulous flavor. We also love the easy convenience of packaged collards.


Makes 4 to 6 servings
Total time: 55 Minutes

Recipe from

Southern Living

Recipe Time

Hands-on: 50 Minutes
Total: 55 Minutes


6 Canadian bacon slices, chopped
1 medium-size sweet onion, chopped
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 (16-oz.) package fresh collard greens, washed and trimmed
1 (12-oz.) can light beer
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon butter
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper


1. Sauté Canadian bacon and onion in hot oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat 5 minutes or until onion is tender. Add collards, in batches, and cook, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes or until wilted. Stir in beer, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, and cook, stirring occasionally, 25 minutes or to desired degree of tenderness. Stir in lemon juice and remaining ingredients.