Country Style Collard Greens

Country Style Collard Greens are fresh greens
seasoned with smoked turkey necks and a blend of spices.  


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Country Style Collard Greens

Country Style Collard Greens

No matter where you are from, most everyone has a love for collard greens; however, not all may care to take the time to cook them.

Even though once cooked you will have a lot less greens than what you started with, they are so worth it.

They are not as complicated to cook as they may seem. To make the process easier, I prefer to wash and “pick” my greens one day and cook them the following day.

I may even cut them into strips and place them in a container so all I have to do the next day is add them to the pot.

This is how they should look once cut into strips:

Country Style Collard Greens

While I’m washing and prepping my greens, I boil my turkey necks since they have to cook for about an hour before adding the greens to the pot.

Salt pork, ham hocks, and bacon are also commonly used meats in greens. All of these are great choices. They give the greens added flavor.

If preparing the greens the night before, once your turkey necks have boiled, allow them to cool and reserve four to six cups of the water that you cooked them in.

Then place them in a tupperware dish. Place everything in the fridge until the next morning and half of your work is done.

Country Style Collard Greens

The next morning, add your turkey necks and reserved water to a large pot and bring it to a boil. Add your greens to the pot and let them cook for about fifteen minutes before seasoning them.

Then season according to the directions and cook the greens for a total of forty-five minutes or until they are wilted and tender.

At times you may pick a batch of beans that are bitter and hard to season. This is normal and happens. Adjust your seasonings and cook the greens longer if necessary. They are not done until they are nice and tender.

Have fun with this recipe and as always enjoy!


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Country Style Collard Greens
Country Style Collard Greens are fresh greens seasoned with smoked turkey necks and a blend of spices.
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: collard greens, greens
Servings: 4 people
Author: Ashley Frederick


  • 4 bunches of collard greens stemmed and cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 2 smoked turkey necks
  • 1/2 c of yellow onion- diced
  • 1/2 c of bell pepper- diced
  • 1 jalapeno- diced
  • 1 tbsp of salt
  • 3/4 c of brown sugar
  • 1/2 c of granulated sugar
  • 1-2 tbsp of seasoning salt
  • 1 tbsp of garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
  • 3 tbsps of apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2-4 c of water


  • Fill a large pot halfway with water.
  • Add turkey necks to the pot and boil them for one hour. Make sure to keep enough water in the pot to cover the turkey necks. 
  • While the turkey necks are cooking, wash and cut the greens as pictured above.
  • After the turkey necks have boiled, reserve four to six cups of the broth and pour the remainder of the broth from the pot.
  • Add the greens to the pot and allow them to cook for about 15 minutes before seasoning them.
  • Season the greens with brown sugar, granulated sugar, salt, seasoned salt, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, sliced jalapeno, onion, bell pepper, oil and apple cider vinegar.
  • Reduce heat and cook for 45 minutes or until greens are wilted and tender.
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20 responses to “Country Style Collard Greens”

  1. I never seen this. thank you

  2. You better let them know that only Lawry’s Seasoning Salt will do 😉

  3. I don’t know if I’ve ever had collard greens but I’m convinced that I need to try them!

  4. Stine Mari says:

    This looks really easy, and I love the seasoning of it! Thanks for sharing

  5. simplysensationalfood says:

    I love how organised you are with your recipe prep. The greens look very tasty with all the added flavours.

  6. Michelle says:

    Love Collard Greens! Just wish I could get my kiddos to eat them as well, maybe I will try one more time with this one!

    • Ashley says:

      The sugar in this recipe may help, since kids tend to love sugar and collard greens can be a little bitter depending on how you season them. You can always adjust how much sugar you add to you taste.

  7. I love collard greens! The way I like the most is how we traditionally eat it in Brazil, which is sautéed with olive oil and lots of garlic, and sometimes farofa. And I also like it in salads, chopped really finely and mixed with onions, olive oil, salt and vinegar. Those are my favorite ways to eat collard greens. However, your way looks phenomenal and I would love to give this a try.

    • Ashley says:

      That sounds so good! I love olive oil and garlic. I have never had farofa. I will have to give it a try one of these days. Thanks for stopping by.

  8. Casey says:

    Collard Greens are the absolute best! I love making vegan versions of the country style greens!

  9. Oh my gosh! Thank you for sharing!! I loveee collard greens. I’ll definitely have to try your recipe!

  10. I’ve never had collard greens but this recipe looks so tasty!

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