Hey ya’ll! Today, I’d like to share my delicious Collard Green recipe! It’s quick and easy to make, and is packed with flavor without having to slow cook it for hours on end like most recipes I have seen. Who wants to cook greens down 6-8 hours anyway? You’re killing all of the nutrients and beautiful green color out of the vegetable by then!
How did I stumble upon this recipe? Well, I cook daily dinners for one of my clients and I have free reign to kind of stir up any delicious meals with what she has in her fridge/pantry at those given moments. I know, it’s seriously the most fulfilling “job” I’ve ever worked! Any way, my time budgeted for cooking at her house is typically 1 hour – Most Collard Green recipes I had researched take 6-8 hours…I had to think of something quick! The entire prep and cook time is typically 20-30 minutes. Got the ingredients…Now…
- 1 bunch of fresh Collard Greens
- 4 strips of applewood smoked bacon (medium thickness)
- 2-3 garlic cloves minced (I love garlic so I usually add more)
- 1/2 of one large sweet or red onion
- 1-2 cups of fresh or canned NON-condensed chicken soup (When I cook fresh chicken soup, I use that broth to cook the greens with)
- Olive oil
- Cajun seasoning
- Thoroughly wash your greens and peel the leafy parts off of the stem. When peeling, make sure to keep the leafy parts as whole as possible.
- Stack all of your leafy greens and slice into 1/4 inch strips; Set aside.
- Dice onions to your desired chunkiness (I like my onions pretty chunky)
- Mince garlic cloves.
- Dice bacon.
- Now that all of your ingredients are prepped and ready, set a large pot on the stove with olive oil (around 3-4 tablespoons) on medium to high heat - Let oil heat up.
- Throw in bacon to cook until crispy, but not burnt. While bacon becomes crispy, add your diced onion and cook those together until onion becomes slightly translucent.
- Add minced garlic and cook for 1 minute.
- Add greens and cook until greens become wilted. Then add your fresh or canned chicken soup. If using canned chicken soup, it's best to choose a canned soup that has lots of flavor. Close pot and reduce heat to medium. Let greens soak up the soup and stir occasionally until greens are tender. Do not cook greens to where they lose all of their bold green color. Just taste-test until you've reached the desired flavor profile you prefer! Add cajun seasoning to desired saltiness.
If you like this and my Smothered Pork Chop recipes, leave me a comment and tell me how delicious yours turned out!