Stewed Collard Greens

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Servings: 6
Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 40 min
Difficulty: Easy

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8 strips bacon (about 8 ounces), cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 medium Vidalia onion, halved and thinly sliced
1 stick butter
2 cups water
2 pounds collards, rinsed and drained, stems removed, leaves cut into 1/2-inch strips
Hot sauce





Cook the bacon in a large saucepan over medium-high heat until crisp, about 5 minutes. Add the onion and butter and cook until the onion is tender, about 5 minutes more. Add the water and simmer for 10 minutes. Add the collards and cook until very soft, about 20 minutes. Season with salt and hot sauce, to taste. Transfer the greens to a serving bowl and serve.

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Hey Ms.Paula you sassy beautiful lady.I just love you ,your family and your wonderful down home recipes.I just wanted to say I'm from North Carolina and we always added a little pepper vinegar to our collards.Yummmmmmmmmmmy.....Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your beautiful family

By Barbara Tharp on December 27, 2013


Do you cook them uncovered then?

By Ricki Harper on November 02, 2013


I really enjoyed all your shows and miss you. I do also enjoy your Sons shows. I'm a southern girl myself and I learned to cook from my Mother and Father. I come from a cooking family. My youngest Son is an Executive Chef. I love you Lady!

By Vanessa Strother on August 23, 2013


Paula, about 3-5 years ago I watched one of your holiday specials, I'm thinking it was also the one showing some of Christmas in Charleston, in your holidays recipes you had a casserole which sounded and looked so delicious. I don't remember it exactly but it was several types of potatoes, winter squashes, pearl onions, garlic, don't remember the rest. It was a no meat casserole, don't remember if it had any liquids, was covered to bake or just what. It was referred to as baked or roasted. I have been looking for that recipe ever since with no luck, can you help me; I really hope so as I think it would be a terrific casserole to complete almost any meal. Thank you. Vicki Tomlinson

By Vicki Tomlinson on April 13, 2013


I'm from Georgia and cook fresh collards at least once a month and I've NEVER seen fresh collard greens cooked in 20 minutes.

By Anonymous on January 04, 2013


Paula My mother Patrica, my aunt Carmen, and I love your shows and meals you make. We want to try every meal you make it'sgone take us awhile to make evry meal but we are going to try it. We ove you so much keep cooking them great meals.

By LaPorsha Hill on April 13, 2012


I cook a lot like paula does and my mama taught me. I think she'd love my chicken and pastry.God Bless

By I love to try the recipies and one day want to mee on January 13, 2012


I would love to know when you are coming to the Greenville South Carolina area or Charleston South Carolina area. I would love to come to one of your demonstrations. You are my all time favorite. You remind me of me, a fun loving, southern lady who loves to cook and have lots of fun with her family. Thanks for being such a wonderful example of what us southern women are all about. Keep it up!!!!!

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By TASHA on January 04, 2012


Absolutely delicious! My family enjoyed them so much, they were almost fighting for the last few collards. Doubling the recipe next year for my 8! I've never heard one of my grandsons rave over any vegetable that wasn't smothered in cheese! Great job, Deen Brothers!!

By ghillp on January 02, 2012


Our daughter gave me your "Southern Bible" for Christmas. I love it. I have already made two recipes. I was already planning on making garlic cheese grits for Christmas. I also made the artichoke dip. Yum....except reheating it in the microwave is not a good idea. I didn't know it would seperate. I am originally from Texas. I get together on the 1st Tuesday of the month with my GRITS group (Girls Raised In The South). Last month we watched "The Help". This month (January) I am cooking blacked eyes peas and collard greens. We also have souhern cusine from our "roots". If you are ever in Maui, come visit us. We all love you, your family and of course all your cookbooks and shows. Hau Oli La Hanau (Happy New Year).

By Eva Henry on January 02, 2012


I love your website and you tv shows. Great food that feeds the soul.. Also love the new lighter versions of food by your son Bobby. Thank you for presenting southern food to the world. God bless you and your family,

By Elaine on December 28, 2011


delicious 7 up pound cake

By on December 28, 2011


Made the "creamiest mac and cheese" recipe w/ a twist/ After preparing all the wet ingredients and mixing w/ cooked macaroni/ I placed in large casserole dish, topped off w/ sharp cheddar in small square cuts and sprinkled some no salt seasoned bread crumbs. I then baked for 30 to 40 mins in 350 degree oven or until the top crust is golden brown. The baking part I got from the "healthier mac and cheese" recipe. uuum uuuum goood !!!!!! I tip my hat to Paula who has made me a hit w/ my other half this thanksgiving. Thanks so much for making the simple really tasty..... 5 stars and more

By Michael Lafayette on November 24, 2011


Only ate my uncle's collards at New Years. Never liked the hot pepper vinegar used so they were a little bland. Just ate at Paula Deens kitchen at Cherokee and tried them. DEFINITELY THE BEST I've ever had. Now that I have the recipe, I will also cook them. Not just for the holiday anymore. Thanks

By Leisa smith on November 06, 2011


I was watching another Paula show the other day and the cooking time was near about 2 hours which I agree with if you want nice tender collards. In place of butter I just boiled a ham hock and used that water and pinched off the ham and added that to the collards. Yum.

By Tina on October 15, 2011


Going to try these. I have made the collards from your Kitchen Classics cookbook and they were yummy. We were in Savannah for the first time this year, and of course had to eat at the Lady and Sons. I have never liked greens of any kind, but those looked so good I had to try them. I had 2 large helpings! I told my husband I would be finding that recipe and so I now have cookbooks, condiments and a cast iron Dutch Oven, because I also had to have some of that wonderful fried chicken. We have since been to Cherokee to eat at your restaurant at Harrahs. Love your show and your food, and you!

By Anonymous on October 02, 2011


I made this recipe to go with a pot of pinto beans and cornbread, and my family absolutely loved them. I will definately add this recipe to my collection. Love ya Paula!

By Amy Fletcher on January 08, 2011


Love you, Paula, and your recipes. My Mama was a Georgia "Peach" and so she cooked alot like you. I have to agree with some of the other reviewers, it takes longer than 20 minutes to cook collards. Also we do not put butter in our greens. We love all greens and sometimes mix them together. Delicious!!

By Sarah Johnson on January 07, 2011


Loved your butter bean recipe. Could use great northern beans too, Love your show. Lucille Dyer

By Lucy Dyer on January 06, 2011

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