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How to Make Delicious Southern-Style Kale Greens

Updated on January 14, 2017

Easy Recipe for Southern Style Kale Greens

As we all know, eating green leafy vegetables play an important role in keeping a healthy diet. My husband and I ate only green leafy vegetables (including Kale) and various types of fish for one week and lost 6 pounds in one week. However, green leafy vegetables are not the most popular of foods especially with children. I am going to show you how to make delicious southern style kale greens that the whole family can enjoy!

Ingredients:

Kale Greens - Quantity depends on how much Kale you want to make. (6 bundles is enough for 4-6 people)

Seasonings: Black Pepper, Salt (Morton Lite Salt), Crushed Red Pepper, Extra Light Olive Oil, Distilled White Vinegar, Onion (Onion Salt can be substituted), Bacon (Hamhock or Country Ham can be substituted).

For spicey Kale Greens (Add a teaspoon of McCormick Black & Red Pepper Hot Shot Blend) and more Crushed Red Pepper to taste.

For healthier Kale Greens substitute regular bacon with Turkey Bacon.

Instructions:

First, make sure your greens are thoroughly cleaned and washed. Also, get rid of discolored/yellowish leaflets. Even though you buy it fresh from the store doesn't mean that it has been cleaned properly. It is ideal to chop leaflets into finer pieces but not too fine because it will cook down so much.

Place about 2 1/2 cups of water in pot. You don't want to have too much water because it will taste watered down. Bring the water to a boil. Place 4 strips of bacon in the boiling water. Let the bacon boil on medium-high heat for 30 - 45 minutes. This allows for the flavor to soak into the water. Add a little more water if necessary to make sure it doesn't completely boil out. After bacon is tender, you can take a knife and cut into little pieces or leave it whole if you would like. Next, add in your seasonings in any order that you would like. I typically start out by chopping 1/4 of whole onion into small pieces and adding to the pot. Next, I add in about 1 teaspoon of black pepper, 1 teaspoon of salt, 1 teaspoon of Olive Oil, 1 teaspoon of Vinegar, 1/2 teaspoon of Crushed Red Pepper. After all seasonings are added, stir well to blend together. Then, add your Kale Greens. You may have to add a little at a time to allow them to cook down. Once all greens have been added, let boil for about 10 minutes. Then turn heat down to low heat, cover, and let simmer for about 2 1/2 hours. This allows for the flavor to penetrate into the greens. Season to taste as necessary and add just enough water to keep it from boiling out as necessary.

Kale Greens are excellent with Jiffy Cornbread or regular homemade cornbread.

Enjoy!

The same recipe can also be used for other types of greens such as turnips, collards, or mustards.

6 bushels of Kale Greens (3 bundels per bag).
6 bushels of Kale Greens (3 bundels per bag).
This is the amount of water you should have in your pot to start..add more water as necessary throughout cooking process.
This is the amount of water you should have in your pot to start..add more water as necessary throughout cooking process.
Applewood smoked bacon is an excellent seasoning!
Applewood smoked bacon is an excellent seasoning!
The red onion is also an excellent choice for seasoning!
The red onion is also an excellent choice for seasoning!
Here is a picture of the seasonings you will need.
Here is a picture of the seasonings you will need.

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      MARCELLE CASSADA 4 weeks ago

      just trying it today sounds good,added a little sugar to cut the bitterness.

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      Berth Boo 100 3 years ago

      Perrfect......! They was so so delious

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      chantaye 3 years ago

      never had kale greens so I will be making them today using ur recipe minus the Bacon (we don't eat pork) but ill b using smoke Turkey necks...... wish me luck!!!

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      Creid 3 years ago

      This was my first attempt at greens and it came out perfect. Used apple cider vinegar and didn't have any crushed red pepper so put a teaspoon of hot sauce in the pot instead...yum!

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      paizley 4 years ago from Albuquerque, New Mexico

      That's the way I like my greens, long and slow cooked. Perfect. Not chewy and tough but melt in your mouth. I'm making some right now with some chicken broth instead of doing the bacon. Gonna have it with some chicken from the grill later!

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      SuziCat 5 years ago

      Mmmm mmm girl ... that sounds yummmm-mmeee! And it DOES sound like how my great-g'ma and g'ma made it way down in south Georgia. And YES YOU DID suggest Jiffy cornbread mix with it...love it!

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      Joel D 5 years ago

      Great recipe! I added sauteed onions & garlic, 1/2 tsp each of smoked paprika, cumin & mustard seed for a whole other layer of flavor.

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      J'Hani Hayes 5 years ago

      This is the same way I cook Collardgreens.I decided to try something different.I hope it tastes as good as it sounds.

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      J'Hani Hayes 5 years ago

      This is the same way I cook Collardgreens.I decided to try something different.I hope it tastes as good as it sounds.

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      Jerry Richards 5 years ago

      I made kale using your recipe for Christmas dinner and it was absolutely fabulously delicious! Thank you so much for this recipe.

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      Tracy 6 years ago

      Never had kale greens before. Used your recipe, and OMG, such yumminess!!!! Thank you soooo much for the recipe!! We will be making this a regular stape here!!!

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      Bob 6 years ago

      I bet u it taste good

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      veracity83 6 years ago from Northern Virginia

      For most vegetables, steaming is the best way to obtain the nutritional benefits. However, boiling is still a good way to obtain some nutritional benefits.

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      6 years ago

      I am going to try it but I thought in order to get the nutritional benefits you should only steam Kale for 5 minutes. Will try it your way and see how it taste! lol

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      Sandy 7 years ago

      I've never had Kale before and I made this last night, it was SO good! My 14 & 12 year old boy's loved it! Thanks so much for posting, I'll be making this dish a lot!

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      veracity83 7 years ago from Northern Virginia

      Good!! So glad you guys enjoyed it!!

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      SouthCarGigi 7 years ago

      Just made it (minus the meat, we're watching our weight) -- delish! kids loved it too, thanks!

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      Nina 7 years ago

      I gotta tell you.. For sure the one most important thing... We gotta "boil them greens" I love Kale greens and make them with a smoke turkey wing.. but just like yours they go about 2 and a half hours... very important.. beautiful.. thanks!

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      Latoya 8 years ago

      I really love how you set this up. Very creative and you made it simple. Now I have to try the recipe. Im sure I will love it because I love Greens. LOL.

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      veracity83 8 years ago from Northern Virginia

      I am a Georgia Girl born and raised!!!!

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      tiffany 8 years ago

      I'll definitely try this recipe with collard greens!! Thx Triv....u should apply to be on The Next Food Network Star!

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      claudia 8 years ago

      If I didn't know any better, I would think you were a Georgia girl. That is such a good way to cook Kale and enjoy it. Thank for the tips.

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      Bryant 8 years ago

      Sounds like Mama's recipe! All you missing is cornbread and fish..hint hint..

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      Christina 8 years ago

      How could anyone go wrong? You have it all laid out. This is good for people like me :)