Fannie’s Braised Greens

Braised Greens“Braised Greens” was my assigned dish for our  Wild Wild West Gr8 dinner. “Well,” I thought, “that’s a first for me.” I looked at several recipes and came up with this one. When I saw that this included bacon and onion, I knew it was going to be a new side dish in my house. Really yummy and nutritious too!  Serve with a bottle of your favorite hot sauce on the side and Enjoy!


Braised Greens

Serves 6 - 8

Course Side Dish
Author Kyle


  • 1 1/2 pounds collard greens or a combination of greens such as mustard, turnip, collards, or spinach. Wash, trim and roughly chop.
  • 4 ounces bacon
  • 3/4 cup diced onions
  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken stock
  • Kosher salt to taste
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes or to taste


  1. In a heavy pan, cook the bacon until crisp.

  2. Remove the bacon to a paper towel-lined plate to drain. Once cool, cut the bacon in smaller pieces.

  3. Add the onions to the pan with the bacon drippings and cook on medium heat until tender and translucent.

  4. Increase heat to medium-high and add a few large handfuls of greens at a time and stir constantly to allow each batch to wilt for a few moments. Keep doing this until all of the greens fit into the pot.

  5. Continue to sauté 3 – 5 minutes, until bright green and wilted.

  6. Season with a very generous pinch of kosher salt and a few grinds of freshly ground black pepper.

  7. Add the chicken stock, sugar, red pepper flakes and stir until combined.

  8. Bring to a boil, then immediately reduce heat to low.

  9. Cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes.

  10. Add bacon and serve.

Recipe Notes

Gr8 Do-Ahead Tip:

This can be made a few hours ahead of time or up to a day in advance which will really allow the flavors to deepen. Just keep in the refrigerator until ready to serve. Reheat over low to medium-low heat until warm.


  1. Claudia Kerns | 11th Oct 15

    My Mom makes great greens, but I can’t wait to try this recipe. You have many of the same ingredients. I think I am going to try the greens from the beets and mix with collards. Thank you!!

    • Kyle | 12th Oct 15

      Hi Lon, Not sure these will beat your mama’s greens but it was fun giving it a try! Adding the greens from the beets is a Gr8 idea! Have a good week!

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