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A traditional southern favorite that will go great on your table too, collards are a new years tradition in the south as well!

Servings: 4 to 6 servings
Prep Time: 20 in
Cook Time: 2 hours
Difficulty: Easy

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1   large bunch collard greens
1 tablespoon Paula Deen’s Seasoned Salt
1 tablespoon Paula Deen’s Hot Sauce
1/2 lb smoked meat (ham hocks, smoked turkey wings, or smoked neck bones)
1 tablespoon butter





In a large pot, bring 3 quarts of water to a boil and add smoked meat, house seasoning, seasoned salt and hot sauce.  Reduce heat to medium and cook for 1 hour.

Wash the collard greens thoroughly.  Remove the stems that run down the center by holding the leaf in your left hand and stripping the leaf down with your right hand.  The tender young leaves in the heart of the collards don’t need to be stripped.  Stack 6 to 8 leaves on top of one another, roll up, and slice into 1/2 to 1-ince thick slices.  Place greens in pot with meat and add butter.  Cook for 45 to 60 minutes, stirring occasionally.  When done taste and adjust seasoning.

Serve with favorite dish as a side.

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Where can I find Paula Deen's seasoned salt in her Collard Green recipe? My daddy was from Fargo, GA do naturally I grew up eating collards and I hated them lol until I visited Savannah last summer with my Girl Scout troop and we ate dinner at The Lady and Son...they were amazing!

By Amy Calcagino on March 31, 2014


Just love you Paula! Your recipes are awesome, easy to follow and delicious! Love that southern cooking!

By Carol Shagen on September 14, 2013


Love Paula Dean:)

By Misty VanNess on January 01, 2013



By d on December 11, 2012


Yippe-Whoohoo from Outlaw Hideout n' Bandit Queen. Collards with side of cornbread n' vinegar...yummy!!!

By Anonymous on November 13, 2012


Wow Paula U make cooking Greens seem so easy everybody else made it seem hard to adjust the seasonings & boil them down to almost mush but this 1 I can do w/ no problem & in my schedule Thank U for this! I luvz Me some Collards!I serve mines w/ a sweet cornbread recipe I developed!

By Autumn Starr Davis-Fenty on September 14, 2012


Did mine with bacon drippings, tobasco, and kosher salt. mmm.

By Paul Wilson on May 30, 2012


These collards are the best.I thought I made good collards from my moms recipe. My husband didn't care for collards but he would eat some on New Years just because of tradition. We went on a day trip just to eat at The Lady and Sons and Paula came in, we had already been talking to Jamie because there was a GA game on and my husband kept asking Jami the score he was wearing a head set, anyway he brought Paula over to our table and I almost peed my pants. We were talking about the collards because I loved them and she asked my husband what he thought and he told her he only had them once a year. She made him get some to try and to this day I cook them Paula's way and he eats them. Thanks Paula for the help, Stacey

By Stacey Barnett on March 07, 2012


I have tried a lot of your recipes and I love them there is nothing like Southern cooking,

By Frances A Creel on January 14, 2012


I know this is late, but to answer Mary's question...House Seasoning is a seasoning recipe Paula came up with. It's a mixture of salt, pepper and garlic powder. A lot of the recipes that ask for it gives you the exact measurements. It's so yummy and brings out a burst of flavor in your dish!! Thanks Paula!

By Niah on October 21, 2011


I am going to try this recipe for the first time, but am a bit confused...what is the "house seasoning" that is mentioned in the directions of how to prepare this dish? The only seasoning that is on the list of ingridients needed are seasoned salt and hot sauce...At any rate, I chose this recipe based on the wonderful reviews that are listed, ease of preparation, AND...I found a 2lb bag of collard greens already cut into strips on sale! YEA!!

By Mary on August 29, 2011


I'd love to make collards. They are soooo delicious, but how do you control the smell?

By Lorraine Power on June 11, 2011


I have a great story about Paula's collard greens ! My sister and I lucked up and got to eat at Paula's Restaurant in Savannah without waiting in the long line one a sat.,we sat in the bar area.We decided to have the buffet,so we tried to taste a small bite if everything.I ask my sister did she get the collard greens and she said no,she didn't like them.Well I told her to try a small bite to see if she would like them, well she was back to the buffet bar 3 times for more Paula Deen collard greens. Well every since then at my mamas house when we do the big family get togethers we always cook the collard greens by Paula's recipe and everyone loves them now,not boiled then fried in a castiron frying pan like mama had done for years"YUCK"!! Thanks Paula,.. for the GOOD COLLARD GREENS !!!

By Donna Watkins on March 29, 2011


Paula, I absolutely just love collards and make them similar to your recipe but have never taken the stem off as you do and think I am going to try it. I am so glad you are on my Facebook as I am bringing good ole southern collards to my brothers for Thanksgiving dinner. Our "whole" family will be together this year! Hope you have a wonderful day!

By Anonymous on November 08, 2010


By Anonymous on August 09, 2010


I used this recipe twice and both times it was a HUGH hit! One wife got a little upset because her husband loved it so much. He is a country man and love collards. Thanks Paula for making us shine.

By Anonymous on June 05, 2010


By Anonymous on April 01, 2010


Absolutely fabulous !! Right amount of spice. Everyone including myself raved about this dish

By Anonymous on January 05, 2010


A New Years Day Paula Dean Dinner - and it was a huge success! I cooked Paula Deen's Black-Eyed Peas, Collard Greens and Corn Casserole. My brother, who wasn't really hungry, had two helpings of everything. He raved. He called to take to work to share with a co-worker. He said people don't realize what a great cook I am. LOL THANKS, PAULA!

By makinmagic on January 04, 2010

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