22 Ways To Cook with Greens
A crop of recipes starring the flavorful Southern fronds that have graced our stockpots for generations.
Turkey-and-Collard Green Stew
Recipe: Turkey-and-Collard Green Stew
Have leftover turkey after Thanksgiving? You have to make this stew.
Sweet Potato-and-Collard Green Gratin
Layered with sweet potatoes, geens, and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, this gratin is filled with flavors of the season.
Slow-Cooker Collard Greens with Ham Hocks
Remember to carefully remove the hocks to make sure no bones remain.
Collard Green Creole Dirty Rice
Recipe: Collard Green Creole Dirty Rice
Looking for a dish full of flavor? The dirty rice and greens in this recipe are perfect.
Vegetarian Slow-Cooker Collard Greens
This slow-cooker recipe proves you don't need ham to have tasty collards.
Garlicky Collard Greens with Confetti Chowchow
Simmering in your slow-cooker for 9 hours, these garlicky collard greens are worth the wait.
Sarah Gavigan's Refrigerator Soup
Recipe: Refrigerator Soup
Sarah Gavigan learned this hearty soup from her Sicilian-born grandmother, who would often visit from Florida for a week at a time and who, Gavigan says, "filled the kitchen with magic." Nonna made use of whatever scraps were on hand in their middle Tennessee home, from collards and lima beans to a Parmesan rind, and insisted it was all "about the touch." Any winter greens work great, and you can use any type of bean.
Mashed Potatoes with Greens
Recipe: Mashed Potatoes with Greens
You might think there is only so much you can say about spuds, but this recipe for Mashed Potatoes with Greens will have you reaching for your dictionary. You will enjoy it so much you’ll be looking for new superlatives. It is surprisingly simple, and what makes this recipe great is that you can use any of the greens you have on-hand. It works well with chard, kale, cabbage, or other leafy greens. You can even prepare it in advance, as long as you thaw it well in advance.
Make Ahead: Prepare this recipe through Step 4, and freeze. Thaw potato mixture in the fridge at least 24 hours before you plan to serve, and let it stand 20 minutes before baking as directed.
White Bean, Sausage, and Turnip Green Stew
Turnip greens, a Southern staple, have a peppery and slightly sweet taste. Look for smaller leaves or baby turnip greens, which are more tender.
Miso-Braised Mustard Greens
Recipe: Miso-Braised Mustard Greens
Straight out of the first cookbook by Love & Lemons, the popular lifestyle blog by husband-and-wife duo Jack Mathews and Jeanine Donofrio, comes this simple, tasty, Asian-inspired recipe. It takes less than ten minutes to make, and it’s the perfect spring side—light and flavorful.
Ham-and-Greens Pot Pie with Cornbread Crust
From bacon to carnitas to BBQ, pork has hit prime time nationally. This recipe featuring ham and the Southern staples greens and cornbread continues to be a go-to dinner for our food editors.
The Ultimate Classic Collards
Recipe: The Ultimate Classic Collards
Tangy vinegar brightens the earthy flavors, and a touch of honey rounds out the smoke from the ham hock.
Mustard Greens with Yogurt-Parmesan Dressing and Bacon Croutons
To tenderize mustard greens and mellow their fiery flavor, dress the raw greens about 15 minutes before serving. If you prefer them spicy, drizzle the dressing at the table, as we suggest in the recipe.
Twice-Baked Green Potatoes
Recipe: Twice-Baked Green Potatoes
In Step 1, the potatoes can also be cooked in the microwave, but we prefer the crisp texture of the skins after baking in the oven.
Recipe: Collard-and-Olive Pesto
A perfect pesto for any pasta. It even freezes well, so you can make a large batch and have leftovers!
Fettuccine with Smoky Turnip Greens, Lemon, and Goat Cheese
Don't discard the cooking water when you drain the pasta. Reserve 1 cup to ladle over the cooked greens, and you'll instantly create a creamy sauce.
Southern-Style Collard Greens
Recipe: Southern-Style Collard Greens
It’s the slow cooking method that really brings out that mouth-watering smoky pork flavor and the tender texture of Southern-Style Collard Greens. But, the best part is dipping a piece of cornbread in all that leftover potlikker.
Recipe: Sautéed Greens
Don’t be afraid to try a fresher, quicker recipe for this Southern dietary staple. Sautéed Collard Greens are packed with flavor from chopped ginger and spicy serrano peppers. Plus, they’re better for you and cook in just 26 minutes.
Turnip Green Stew
Recipe: Turnip Green Stew
Lean ham and fat-free broth offer the good flavor of the original dish minus the added saturated fat. Beans add extra fiber too!
Collard Green Gratin
Recipe: Collard Greens Gratin
Move over, creamed spinach—there's a new steak house side in town. Give the packaged collards an extra chop with a sharp knife to get them to bite-size pieces.
Recipe: Creamed Collards
Try this easy method for cutting up the bacon: Remove wrapping from bacon. Place the entire pound of cold bacon on a cutting board, and slice into 12-inch cubes.
Collard Green Carbonara
Recipe: Collard Green Carbonara
Pasta carbonara is the ultimate quick dinner. It's rich, satisfying, and works during the week but is worthy of weekend company.