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a white bowl of cooked collard greens with chunks of ham pieces

Southern Collard Greens

These southern collard greens are a new years day tradition, but also make as a great side dish for you're everyday dinner.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword collard greens, new years day food, southern collard greens
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Servings 8
Calories 202.75kcal


  • 3 lbs fresh collard greens
  • 5 strips of bacon
  • 1/2 sweet onion 1/2 cup
  • 1 ham hock
  • 32 oz chicken broth
  • 1 TBSP sugar
  • 1/2 TBSP garlic powder
  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 TBSP olive oil


  • Add olive oil to a large pot over medium/high heat
  • Add chopped bacon and chopped onions to the pan and cook until bacon is cooked
  • Add chicken broth to the pot and then the ham hock
  • Add apple cider vinegar, sugar, and garlic powder to the pot and stir well
  • Then add chopped collard greens to the pot and submerge in the liquid. Bring to a boil and then cover and reduce heat to a shimmer for 1.5- 2 hours
  • After cooked take the ham hock out of the pot and shred the meat and add it back to the pot and stir. Then serve


  • To save time and a lot of extra work try and find already washed and cut collard greens. They usually go on sale closer to collard green season which is towards the end of the year.
  • If you can't find already washed and cut greens buy a regular bunch of greens submerge completely in warm water and wash away any grit. Then rinse and then cut the stems off and cut into bite size pieces.
  • Ham hocks usually come in 2 so you can either freeze the other or you can use if you are planning on making black eyed peas also. You could also double up on the ham hocks for this recipe if you want it extra meaty.
  • This is great to serve with black eyed peas, hoping johns, and corn bread. Might as well keep your new year luck up.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 202.75kcal | Carbohydrates: 13.4g | Protein: 12.17g | Fat: 12.27g | Saturated Fat: 3.59g | Cholesterol: 26.91mg | Sodium: 578.39mg | Potassium: 578.16mg | Fiber: 7.04g | Sugar: 3.37g | Vitamin A: 8537.17IU | Vitamin C: 68.97mg | Calcium: 408.84mg | Iron: 1.43mg