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Southern Slow Cooker Collard Greens

Slow cooker collard greens is the best Southern side dish. Tender with bacon or vegetarian style, Crockpot greens cook on their own all day.

Slow Cooker Collard Greens

Looking for an easy slow cooker collard greens recipe you can make for your family, or a crowd? We’ve got it here! This favorite healthy side dish can be cooked in one pot in the morning and served with dinner that night. Just one easy Crockpot recipe we have on our site you’ll love. (affiliate links present)

Crockpot Collard Greens

These two terms are synonymous, call it a Crock or cooker they will still turn out the same. I would say as a side this will serve 6-8 people. If you have a lot of people coming over you could double it but you’d need a really large pot for that. For less people, and much faster, you could make some Instant Pot collard greens for 3-4 people.

Now let’s talk about these leaves if you aren’t super familiar with them. Are collard greens healthy? Yep, they are packed with nutrients, especially vitamin K which helps your bones stay nice and healthy. Dark greens are great sources of fiber as well so eat them up!

Let’s talk a little bit about slow cooking shall we?? First off I have a few different varieties and I love them all. Each one has an occasion to be used like….

  1. This is my favorite 6 quart programmable one with a locking lid so it’s great for bringing to a potluck too.
  2. If you just want to serve a few appetizers you should get this one that sit side by side one another.
  3. I prefer not to use liners, but rather just spray olive oil inside before adding my food for easier cleanups.

Let me give you a peek of my pretty thang I bought recently. It goes with my kitchen so I can just leave it out on the countertop all the time. 😉

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Is cabbage the same as collard greens?

No, I mean it is part of the same family but definitely different. If you love cabbage recipes you know that the biggest difference is the texture of the leaf.

These are much firmer and smaller than the other. Much darker green too so the color is wildly different. BUT yes they are in the same category so there’s that.

What do collards taste like?

First off, don’t eat these raw. It would be like grabbing a leaf off a tree and chowing down, not good. Super bitter, chewy, leaf like, they need to be cooked with all the things.

BUT if you allow them to soften in a mixture of broth and vinegar or some melted butter it changes the whole flavor. Top with diced bacon to bring it to the next level of YUM.

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Collard Greens Slow Cooker

How do you transition these bitter greens to tender with a lighter flavor that will go well served with our Crockpot frozen chicken breasts shredded? You’ll need some flavored broth so they can soak and wilt enough to kinda’ melt in your mouth. A bit of vinegar will tone down the natural flavor of the greens, and then seasonings of your choice.

  • You’ll use one bunch collard greens 
    • remove the hard center stems
    • then cut leaves into large chunks
  • Red onion sliced
  • Minced garlic
  • Olive oil
  • A few cups of vegetable or chicken broth
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • A few strips of cooked bacon, of course this is optional and best if sprinkled on top when done
    • some like to put leftover ham inside to add flavor as well
    • for sweetness you could add 1 heaping tbsp of brown sugar at the beginning
    • you could dump a can of black eyed peas in there for a heartier dish

At the end taste and adjust seasoning as you like. If you wanted to add some heat you could add some crushed red pepper flakes as well as salt and pepper of course.

Crockpot Collard Greens

How to Cut Collard Greens

The first most important part to the success of this is knowing how to prepare them right?? 😉 It is a bit like we prepare kale when baking chips with that veggie in the oven. Both have a hard stem in the middle that isn’t edible, and larger leaves than you could fit into your mouth. SO you need to remove the NOs and slice the YESes.

  1. Rinse each piece to remove dirt and debris
  2. Prepare one leaf at a time on a cutting board
  3. Lay one down folded in half lengthwise so the stem is on your dominant hand side
  4. Slice straight down to remove that, discard
  5. Turn the 2 leaf halves sideways and cut into large bite size pieces
  6. Throw prepared pieces into your pot so you can add other ingredients

That is it y’all! This will make it easier to chew and digest.

How to Cook Collard Greens with Bacon

Collard Greens Slow Cooker

Collard Greens and Bacon

If you do want to add more flavor I would highly suggest crisping bacon in the oven beforehand. Then chop it up into bits so when this is done you can sprinkle them on top. Adding into the pot will make it soggy.

  • Cut the thick center stalks away from the collard greens, set aside the leafy greens.
    • Slice or dice the red onion into thin rings, set aside.
    • Spread olive oil, or spray, in bottom of Crock pot
  • Place leaves into the slow cooker. Place red onion rings in slow cooker. Top with minced garlic. Pour chicken or vegetable broth and apple cider vinegar on top of greens.
    • If you want to add extra flavor add smoked ham hocks in the center
  • Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours or until your cooked greens are as tender as you’d like. While the greens are cooking, prepare the bacon by frying and crumbling. 

Remove the ham hocks if you added those, dice meat and put back into the pot so it can be enjoyed all together. If you love collard greens this is an easy side dish that y’all will surely love with cornbread in a cast iron skillet! Whether you are from the South or not it has become more and more popular all around the country.

How to Cook Collard Greens with Bacon

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Slow Cooker Collard Greens

Slow cooker collard greens is the best Southern side dish. Tender with bacon or vegetarian style, Crockpot greens cook on their own all day.
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword collard greens, crockpot, slow cooker
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Servings 8
Calories 105kcal
Author The Typical Mom

Equipment

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Cut the thick center stalks away from the collard greens, and set aside the leafy greens. Slice the red onion into thin rings, set aside. Spread olive oil, or spray, in bottom of slow cooker.
  • Place leafy greens in slow cooker. Place red onion rings in slow cooker. Top with minced garlic. Pour chicken broth and apple cider vinegar on top of greens.
  • Set slow cooker to low for 8-10 hours or until tender. While the greens are cooking, prepare the bacon by frying and crumbling. Add bacon to top of the greens when served. Season with salt and pepper.

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Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Collard Greens
Amount Per Serving (1 oz)
Calories 105 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Cholesterol 13mg4%
Sodium 550mg24%
Potassium 126mg4%
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 1201IU24%
Vitamin C 9mg11%
Calcium 64mg6%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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