Long-Cooked Collards with Apples and Bacon | Midwest Living

Long-Cooked Collards with Apples and Bacon

Long-Cooked Collards with Apples and Bacon

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  • Makes: 4 to 6 servings
  • Yield: 5 cups
  • Hands On 20 mins
  • Total Time 1 hr

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This side dish is an autumn favorite at Iowa's Rapid Creek Cidery -- and a great way to explore nutritious collard greens. The recipe takes a while, but most of the cooking is hands-free, leaving plenty of time to prepare pork chops or chicken.


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 medium red cooking apples (such as Jonathon or Braeburn), cored and cut into 1/2-inch wedges
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 4 slices bacon
  • 1 onion, sliced (about 1 cup)
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 16 cups stemmed collard or mustard greens
  • 1 14 - ounce can reduced sodium chicken or vegetable broth
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • Hot sauce
  • Salt
  • Black pepper


  1. In a deep 12-inch skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Add apples and thyme, stirring to coat. Spread evenly; cook 7 minutes or until browned and tender, turning once. Remove from skillet and set aside.
  2. In the same skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Leaving drippings in skillet, transfer bacon to paper towels; crumble and set aside. Add onion to skillet; cook, stirring occasionally, until softened and just golden, about 10 minutes. Stir in garlic and crushed red pepper. Cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  3. Using tongs, add collard greens to skillet, about 2 cups at a time, folding greens into onion mixture. When all the greens have been incorporated, add about 11/2 cups chicken broth, leaving 1 inch of greens not submerged. Increase heat and bring to boiling; reduce heat and simmer until tender but not mushy, 30 to 45 minutes.
  4. Stir vinegar and a few dashes hot sauce into greens. Gently stir in apples. Season with salt and black pepper. Top with bacon before serving.

Nutrition Facts

(Long-Cooked Collards with Apples and Bacon)

Servings Per Recipe 4, fiber (g) 9, sodium (mg) 700, Trans fatty acid (g) 0, Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (µg) 0, pro. (g) 11, calcium (mg) 369, sugar (g) 12, Potassium (mg) 961, Fat, total (g) 22, vit. C (mg) 59, cal. (kcal) 331, vit. A (IU) 7528, iron (mg) 2, sat. fat (g) 9, chol. (mg) 40, Thiamin (mg) 0, carb. (g) 26, Niacin (mg) 3, Riboflavin (mg) 0, Polyunsaturated fat (g) 3, Folate (µg) 199, Monounsaturated fat (g) 8, Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 0

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