Savory Collard Greens

Savory Collard Greens
Photo: Andy Lyons
Prep Time:
1 hrs
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 20 mins
8 cups cooked greens


  • 5 pound collard greens (about 6 bunches), cleaned

  • ½ pound pancetta, cut into 1/2-inch pieces

  • 12 cloves garlic (1 bulb), coarsely chopped

  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper

  • 2 cup chicken broth

  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar

  • Salt and ground black pepper

  • Crushed red pepper (optional)


  1. Fold each collard green leaf in half; slice away the tough center stem. Stack the leaves; roll tightly; slice into 1/2-inch ribbons. (You will have about 40 cups). Transfer to a resealable plastic bad and refrigerate for up to 3 days.

  2. In an 6-to 8-quart pot cook pancetta over medium heat for 8 minutes or until crisp and browned; remove cooked pancetta with a slotted spoon. Drain pancetta on paper towels; set aside. Add garlic and 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper to drippings in pot; cook for 2 minutes.

  3. Add about half of the sliced collard greens to pot. Pour in chicken broth and vinegar. Cover and let cook 5 minutes to allow the collards to cook down. Add remaining collard greens. Cover and bring to boiling. Reduce heat and simmer on low for 20 to 30 minutes or until greens are tender, stirring occasionally. Season to taste with salt and black pepper. Top with cooked pancetta and additional crushed red pepper, if desired.

Cleaning Your Collard Greens

To remove grit, immerse greens in a clean sink filled with water. Rinse well and drain in a colander.


Clean and cut collard greens; transfer to a 2-gallon resealable plastic bag. Chop pancetta, store in a airtight container. Chop garlic; transfer to a small resealable plastic bag. Store all in the refrigerator up to 3 days.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

159 Calories
9g Fat
12g Carbs
11g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 159
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 11mg 4%
Sodium 552mg 24%
Total Carbohydrate 12g 4%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 11g
Vitamin C 58.4mg 292%
Calcium 396mg 30%
Iron 1.1mg 6%
Potassium 386mg 8%
Folate, total 208.6mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.3mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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