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collard greens

Vegetarian Southern Collard Greens

These southern collard greens are braised low and slow in broth with tons of spices, liquid smoke and brown sugar!
4 from 9 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr 45 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American, Southern
Servings 6 servings
Calories 83 kcal



  • Pull leafy greens away from tough stems and transfer greens to a large sink, discarding stems.
  • Cover greens with water and with both hands, rub and toss greens in water to remove dirt and grit. Drain water and repeat process 3-5 times until greens are clean and no dirt is evident in water. Roughly chop cleaned greens by rolling bunches of leaves up and slicing with a sharp knife.
  • Heat butter and oil in a large stock pot or dutch oven over medium high heat. Add onion and saute for 2-3 minutes. Add garlic and saute until fragrant.
  • Add greens in three batches, stirring with a wooden spoon after each addition to wilt greens. After all greens have been added, pour in stock and stir to incorporate. Bring greens to a boil.
  • Once greens come to a boil, reduce heat to medium and add spices, brown sugar, liquid smoke and vinegars. Stir to incorporate all ingredients. Cover pot and simmer for 30 - 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Check flavor and consistency of greens after about 30-45 minutes of cooking. Add more seasoning to taste. Replace lid and continue cooking for another 30-45 minutes, depending on desired level of tenderness.
  • Once greens have reached your preferred level of tenderness, transfer them to a serving bowl with some of the cooking liquid. Top with a few dashes of hot sauce before serving if desired.


  • Start with the lower measurement of each spice as you can always add more during the cooking process to taste.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.


Serving: 1servingCalories: 83kcalCarbohydrates: 9gProtein: 2.4gFat: 2.8gSaturated Fat: 0.6gSodium: 675mgFiber: 3.5gSugar: 1.4g
Keyword collard greens, southern recipes
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