Perfect Southern Greens

Perfect Southern Greens (Collards, Turnip or Mustard)

This recipe yields Perfect Southern Greens. The best tasting greens I have ever eaten! I have yet to have a batch of bitter greens when cooked this way.


This recipe has the potential to change the minds of greens-haters and may even bring about a cute southern accent.

Blanching the greens before adding to the slow cooker helps remove the natural bitterness. I usually make it with collard greens but other greens work as well.

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Perfect Southern Greens
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
4 hrs 6 mins
Total Time
4 hrs 26 mins

This recipe will give you Perfect Southern Greens everytime!

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Southern
Keyword: Perfect Southern Greens
Servings: 6
Calories: 225 kcal
  • 1 bunch kale
  • 1 bunch greens collards, mustard, turnip
  • 1 large onion sliced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 jalapeno peppers minced (discard seeds for less heat)
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup cubed ham I used prepackage mini cubes
  • 3 slices bacon
  • 2 1/2 cups water more if needed
  • salt and pepper
  • balsamic vinegar optional
  1. Tear greens into large pieces and discard the thick vein. Add greens to a pot of boiling salted water (I use kosher salt). Let boil for about 6 minutes. Drain and Rinse.
  2. While the greens are boiling, preheat a heavy skillet with olive oil, add onion and garlic; saute until onions are lightly brown, add minced jalapeno peppers and cook for an additional minute or two.
  3. Put the sauteed onions in the slow cooker then add the drained greens, ham, bacon, crushed red pepper, and water.
  4. Cook on high for 4 hours or until the greens are tender.
  5. Serve with balsamic vinegar.



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Recipe based on one by NcMysteryShopper
Photo by NcMysteryShopper