Uptown Collards

Adding wine to collards might seem like heresy to purists, but it lends a subtle, slightly sweet depth of flavor.


Makes 8 to 10 servings
Total time: 1 Hour, 10 Minutes

Recipe from

Southern Living

Recipe Time

Total: 1 Hour, 10 Minutes


7 pounds fresh collard greens*
1 medium onion, quartered
1 cup dry white wine
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon bacon drippings
1 red bell pepper, diced


1. Remove and discard stems from greens. Wash leaves thoroughly, and cut into 1-inch-wide strips.

2. Pulse onion in a food processor 3 to 4 times or until minced.

3. Bring onion, next 3 ingredients, and 1 cup water to a boil in a Dutch oven. Add greens and bell pepper; cook, covered, over medium heat 45 minutes to 1 hour or until greens are tender.

*2 (1-lb.) packages fresh collard greens may be substituted.