Can I be honest with y’all? I never ate collard greens when I was growing up. I’m pretty sure I had no idea what they were. Even though South Florida is … well, in the South, you can’t really call it the South, especially when it comes to Southern food. I spent the first 18 years of my life in Broward and Miami-Dade County. Since then, I’ve lived in the Metro-Atlanta area. Despite the fact that my hometown is 500 miles further south than where I currently live, it’s not what I think about when I think of “The South.”
These Aren’t Collards in a Can
I’m not talking about straight-outta-the-can collards here. Do those even count as vegetables? What I’m talking about is collards fresh from the garden. And many of the great Southern restaurants around Metro-Atlanta make them so tasty. We just had them at a local BBQ joint after picking up my big kids from the airport. My goodness, my mouth is watering just thinking about that meal!
The one thing that has always deterred me from attempting to make my own collards though is the time it takes to cook them. I have never trusted myself when it comes to cooking, much less dishes that are as involved as I heard collards were. I’ve come to love them though. If you love good food, you know that eating out isn’t always feasible with a large family.
Pressure Cooker Collard Greens (with Bacon!)
Somehow I came across the idea of making collards in my Instant Pot. I couldn’t really find a recipe I loved (and I knew I wanted bacon in it, too). I think I finally nailed it. After many attempts, my recipe was so close I felt confident enough to bring it to my husband’s family Thanksgiving dinner. It’s always good to receive compliments about my cooking (especially since I know how bad I used to be). This time though I heard, “These are the best collards I’ve ever had.” We ate pheasant from a hunting trip my father-in-law went on recently but I am looking forward to pairing it with some delicious cast iron pork tenderloin.
It takes less than an hour to make collards and they are delicious! If you don’t have an Instant Pot, check out the one I have below. With New Year’s coming up, you are going to want to make this recipe for your greens. With collards this good, you’ll have a happy New Year for sure!