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Crockpot Collard Greens

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Crockpot Collard Greens are so easy to make and delicious. It is the perfect side to serve with all your favorite meals. Collard greens are not only delicious they are an extremely nutritious vegetable and very tasty!

Crockpot Collard Greens

Collard green is a classic southern dish loved by everyone and this slow cooker collard greens with bacon is our favorite way to make them. It is easy to make thanks to the slow cooker and gives your collard greens time to soften up. The bacon provides so much delicious flavor. Once you make this recipe, it will be your new favorite way to cook them. Serve this with cornbread muffins, Instant Pot baked beans, and Velveeta mac and cheese

Slow Cooker Collard Greens

What are collard greens?

Collard greens are a dark leafy vegetable in the same family as cabbage and kale. It has a very tough stem that runs the entire leaf that needs to be removed prior to cooking because it does not soften as it cooks. 

Crockpot Collard Greens

When picking collard greens you want to look for greens that are a dark vibrant green color. 

Crockpot Collard Greens

Ingredients

1 (16-ounce) bag of washed and cut collard greens 

1 small yellow onion, chopped

2 Ham Hocks or Shanks

1 TBSP Brown Sugar

Salt and black pepper, to taste 

2 TBSP Apple Cider Vinegar

2 cups chicken broth 

6 slices bacon, cooked and chopped 

How to Make Slow Cooker Collard Greens with Bacon

  • Place the collard greens into your crockpot, roughly chopped. 
  • Add the onion, ham hocks, brown sugar, salt & pepper, apple cider vinegar, the chicken broth, and the cooked chopped bacon.
  • Cover the slow cooker and cook on LOW for 8 hours or HIGH for 4 hours. . Adjust the seasonings as needed prior to serving. The greens should be tender.
Crockpot Collard Greens
  • Remove the ham hocks from the slow cooker. Trim and toss any fat and bones.  Roughly chop the meat and return to the slow cookers.  Mix to combine.
  • Serve & Enjoy!
Crockpot Collard Greens

Tips Tricks and FAQs

  • You will want to be sure to remove the stem of the collard greens that run the entire leaf. 
  • Tear your collard greens rather than cutting them with a knife.
  • Be sure to cook your collard greens in the slow cooker for a solid 7 hours on low or 4 hours on high. This helps soften them. 
  • You can substitute collard greens for turnip, kale greens or mustard or a combination of them. 
  • Use your favorite brand and variety of bacon. You can even use turkey bacon if you prefer. 
  • If you prefer to omit the bacon you can, but you will want to replace it with something else that has a lot of flavors like kielbasa, or sliced ham. 
Crockpot Collard Greens

Storage

You will want to store your leftover collard greens in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 4 days. 

Crockpot Collard Greens

Freezer

This freeze nicely. Let them completely cool and then freeze them in individual serving-size portions in freezer-safe containers. This will last up to 3 months.

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Crockpot Collard Greens

Crockpot Collard Greens

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Crockpot Collard Greens is so easy to make and delicious. It is the perfect side to serve with all your favorite meals. Collard greens are not only delicious they are an extremely nutritious vegetable and very tasty!

Ingredients

  • 1 (16 ounce) bag of washed and cut collard greens
  • 1 small yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 Ham Hocks or Shanks
  • 1 TBSP Brown Sugar
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 2 TBSP Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 6 slices bacon, cooked and chopped

Instructions

  1. Place the collard greens into your crockpot, roughly chopped. 
  2. Add the onion, ham hocks, brown sugar, salt & pepper, apple cider vinegar and the chicken broth.
  3. Cover the slow cooker and cook on LOW for 8 hours or HIGH for 4 hours. . Adjust the seasonings as needed prior to serving. The greens should be tender.
  4. Remove the ham hocks from the slow cooker. Trim and toss any fat and the bones.  Roughly chop the meat and return to the slow cookers.  Mix to combine.
  5. Serve & Enjoy!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 183Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 43mgSodium: 927mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 2gSugar: 4gProtein: 15g

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