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Slow Cooked Collard Greens


Slow Cooked Collard Greens

I feel there is nothing like some good southern collards,. I love to eat them as a meal with cornbread, or as a side with ham or oxtails. This recipe is easy to make and smells so wonderful in the slow cooker.
Servings 8


  • 2 pounds of collards cleaned
  • 1/4 bell pepper diced
  • 1 onion diced
  • 1 smoked turkey leg
  • 3 Tablespoons of garlic powder
  • 3 Tablespoons of onion powder
  • 1 Tablespoon of sugar optional
  • 1 Tablespoon of crushed red pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons of Kosher Salt salt of your choice
  • 1 teaspoon of liquid smoke
  • 2 Cups of water or chicken broth
  • 1 Bay leaf


  • Directions to sauté you collard greens:
  • Get out you favorite oil, I use olive oil, and use a tablespoon of oil. Get the pan hot
  • Add a BIG HANDFUL of collards, turn down the pan to medium high and stir. They will start to shrink and change color quick. Cook for 7-10 minutes.
  • As the collards cook down put them in the slow cooker, and repeat process until all the collards have been cooked down.
  • Directions for slow cooking collard greens:
  • Turn your slow cooker to LOW.
  • Add the smoked turkey wing, diced onions, and peppers to the slow cooker.
  • If you sauteed the greens add them on top of these items. If you are slow cooking fresh, just add the collards.
  • Add your water or chicken broth. I like for my water to be barely visible from the top of the greens. Tge greens will continue to shrink so more juice will be made.
  • Add seasonings last.  Make sure to remember where you added your bay leaf.
  • Remove the bay leaf before eating.


I sauté my collards before I put them in the slow cooker for 10 minutes, in sections. Collard greens are giant leafy vegetables, but when they cook, they shrink. I prefer to start the process and get this going, so my greens can all fit in the slow cooker.
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