southern collards eggs & bacon

southern collards eggs & bacon

Southern collards eggs & bacon are a delicacy! Full of nutrition and flavor, this warms your belly. It’s a taste of Mama! Ask for seconds!

Breakfast Collard Greens

Eggs!  The quintessential wonderful food. So versatile, so healthy, so delicious, so easy to prepare and it makes anything  just taste better because of its simple richness!  In the America’s South now we love our collards.

What are Collard Greens

Collard greens are a Southern delicacy. You always remove the stems before cooking. They’re a member of the cabbage family. 

Greens are the quintessential nutritional punch in the gut. A good punch in the gut. They’re full of chlorophyll and that’s good for you. Chlorophyll contains vitamins, minerals and lots of nutrients that keep you healthy. 

Collards are great for fiber and they’re an excellent source of vitamins A, C E, and K, which fortifies bones. 

You’re getting a healthy dose of magnesium, potassium, iron and calcium, too, when you eat collard greens. 

And, I don’t just have Southern collards, I have Italian Parmesan Collards! Take your pick!

Collards Recipe

 Not only super healthy, these greens, which are amazingly delicious, can even be for breakfast, so pairing some sauteed spicy collards with a sunny side up egg and some thick smoked fried bacon is like having a hug in your tummy!

How to Cook Collard Greens

Collards like other greens are very simple to cook. I love to season mine with bacon drippings or simply add a few slices of bacon when you’re cooking to season. Chop your collards. Doesn’t have to be perfect cuts. 

When you start cooking, it looks like a huge amount of greens, but these greens, like spinach and other greens, cook down. And, then you’re wondering did I make enough.

Now you can add minced garlic, diced onions and even tomatoes, but I like ‘straight’ collards. And, I love to keep the flavor of the collards simple with just the seasoning of fat/pork and the enhanced flavoring of salt. 

Put them in a large pot. Add the bacon, bacon drippings or olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Maybe add some red chili flakes. Then depending upon how many greens, a couple of cups of chicken stock. Yes, you can use water. But the chicken stock, and I’d HIGHLY recommend Kettle and Fire, adds more flavor. Be sure to use my discount code at checkout (ALLYSKITCHEN) and get your 20% off! 

You’re going to steam and cook the greens until tender. If you want to consider other types of cooking, here’re some great ideas

Remember collards can be steamed, blanched, stewed, sauteed and I even chop them up very finely and put in salads!

Collard Greens

It’s definitely something unexpected, it’s something that just makes the senses dance and twirl!  Enjoy this Boho Breakfast!

Southern Eggs Collards & Thick Smoked Bacon

southern collards eggs & bacon

southern collards eggs & bacon

Yield: 4-6 servings


  • 10-12 cups fresh finely chopped collards
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves chopped
  • 1/3 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 tsp. red chili flakes
  • 2 tsp. lemon pepper
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • 1 tsp. fresh ground pepper
  • 8 pieces thick smoked bacon sliced in halves, fried, drained, & bacon drippings reserved for collards
  • 4-6 eggs


  1. In a large heavy skillet on medium heat, put olive oil and garlic. Saute about 3 minutes.  Add collards and toss with tongs.  Turn up heat to medium high.  
  2. Add chicken broth, red chili flakes, lemon pepper, salt and pepper and toss well with tongs.  Cover with a lid and let cook about 20 minutes tossing occasionally.  
  3. Reduce heat to medium low, drizzle on bacon drippings from the fried bacon, toss together.  Cover and fry your eggs.
  4. Using the same skillet in which you fried your bacon, fry eggs to desired finish. I like mine sunny side up!
  5. Serve in small shallow bowls. Add some collard greens, bacon pieces, and the egg!  It's a hug in your tummy!

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  1. Love greens for breakfast! How simple, nutritious and perfectly easy! We’re going to feature this on our Facebook page and link here so people can see how you made it, and your lovely photography. If you wish, come LIKE us on Facebook for more recipes and tips on super healthy greens like kale, chard, beet, mustard, turnip, collard and other green leafies.

    –Your friendly Southern California farmers at Cut ‘N Clean Greens

    1. Hi, my new foodie friends! I’m excited to meet you and share the love of greens…omg, I’m a green fanatic! Have already been to you FB page and love what you’re doing w/all the gorgeous greens!! 🙂 ~ally

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