Friday, June 21, 2013

Spicy Southern Collard Greens

Welcome to day 5 of the Shrimp N' Grits: A Southern Style Blog Hop!

From June 17 - 30, bloggers are invited to link up their family-friendly posts about life in the South: recipes, crafts, kids' activities, and more!

So grab a big bowl of shrimp n' grits, a tall glass of iced tea, and sit back on your porch swing, because we are getting ready for some down home fun!

For those of you who know me...you won't be surprised that I LOVE Southern Style Food, so being a co-host of the Shrimp N' Grits Blog Hop is right up my alley!

Even though I wasn't born in the South...my sweet Mama and her parents were, so I had an upbringing rooted deep in those traditions...especially when it came to food.

I remember visiting my Grandmother in Tennesee and watching her pick the food right from her Garden and cook it up fresh!

The smells in her home were heavenly and the atmosphere so loving and inviting!


What I wouldn't give to spend another day with her...she passed away in 2008 leaving a huge hole in my heart, but I am blessed that she was my Grandmother and am thankful for the great memories she left me with.


When my Grandmother served a meal, it was not your typical 3 course meal...it was more like everything but the kitchen sink!

I swear I don't know how she did it...I have trouble just getting one or two items on the table and her table was always filled to the brim with delicious, mouth-watering food.

One of my favorite things she made was Greens...turnip greens or collard greens...didn't matter...they both tasted great!


I live in California now and "Greens" here means green salad, so it's a bit hard to find greens at the local supermarket.

Recently I did find a discount grocer that carries the Cut-n-Clean Bagged Greens and I was pretty excited about that!


I never did get an official "recipe" from my Grandmother on how to make greens, but I remember she put bacon or ham in them, so I just tried my best to duplicate what I remember her doing.

My greens turned out pretty good, though I won't claim them to be as good as hers were!

Here is my recipe:


Spicy Southern Collard Greens

1 pkg. (or 1 lb.) of Collard Greens
4 cups of water (to just cover the greens in pot)
1 tsp. of Sea Salt
1 Stick of Butter or Margarine
1 Lg. Cube of Chicken Bouillon (not shown in photo above...I forgot to include it!)
2 tsp. crushed garlic
1 tsp. ground red (cayenne) pepper
5-6 pcs. Of Bacon (cut in half)

Cover Greens in large cooking pot with water.
Add the salt.
Bring to a boil, reduce heat to med low.
Add butter, chicken bouillon, garlic, red pepper & bacon
Return to a boil then reduce heat to low.
Simmer until tender, usually an hour to an hour and a half.
(I usually cook them for 3-4 hours as I like the flavors to really soak into the greens.  Just be sure to keep it on low and check often)

I like to serve them up with a tasty batch of skillet cornbread…another Southern Favorite!


I don't think I have to tell ya...but this recipe ain't "low-cal" if ya know what I mean!

You can make it lower calorie though...by using Olive Oil instead of butter or margarine and leaving out the bacon.

You can also leave out the salt and the bouillon for a low sodium diet...but let's be real here...if you want that true Southern taste...you need all that stuff that ain't no good fer ya!

(Oh...and I might add that my dear Granny lived to be 90...and she ate this stuff everyday!)

So take that for what it's worth...I'm no doctor and certainly wouldn't recommend eating this way all the time, but golly it sure tastes good to have a little bacon fat every now and then!

I will be linking-up my recipe to the hop and we'd love it if you link-up your Southern project, recipe or craft too! (See the inlinkz widget below)

Thanks so much for stopping by and relaxing on the porch awhile!


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4 comments:

forgetmenots blue said...

What a lovely post all looks delish!
Your old photo of your Grandmother is lovely x

Leanna @ Alldonemonkey said...

Mmm, this looks so good! I love greens, but never got my grandfather's recipe. I know there was definitely ham or bacon in there, though! It will be really fun to try your recipe. And I just love the old photographs, what a beautiful family! That's so funny, I am from the South but now am in California as well. Thank you so much for co-hosting the Shrimp N' Grits Blog Hop!

malia said...

What a wonderful recipe!

Jes Humrich said...

I am from Texas and I have never had collard greens! Can I just say I love that you shared the older pictures. Especially the one of your grandma on the porch swing. I wish I had more of those from my own family.