Perfect Southern Collard Greens

The Perfect Southern Collard Greens | ASpicyPerspective.comServing up Homegrown’s Perfect Southern Collar Greens with bacon and turnips!

Perfect Southern Collard Greens |
Pin it on Pinterest!

The first time I walked into Asheville’s Homegrown restaurant I was struck with an impression of comfort, compassion, and honesty.

Some things are hard to explain, but after sitting down with owner Miki Kilpatrick, it all became clear.

Asheville locals Greg and Miki Kilpatrick opened their first business in 2007. Their catering company, Saffron, has been serving up regional flavors for the past four years. Yet a bigger dream awaited; one with walls and tables of their own.

Homegrown opened its doors October 4th, 2010, serving up farm-conscious food with southern flare. Within the first week their dining area was packed and their patrons list continues to grow.

Chef Greg focuses on using only ingredients that support our community. They say it’s a philosophy that stems from a Mediterranean way of living; to cook with simple ingredients that are in-season, available, and affordable.

Their goal is to take food the shortest distance from the farm to the table.

Miki shared a deeper goal of helping  provide a stable market for our local farmers to sell their harvest, that is, all of their harvest.

She brought up the point that pesticide-free, vine-ripened produce doesn’t necessarily mean “pretty.”

Making Perfect Southern Collard Greens |

Being in the food industry for many years, she’s watched restaurants take only the most attractive produce, leaving farmers with excess they may have a hard time selling.

Restaurants that want to have regional farms provide their food, need to consider that ugly tomatoes make just as tasty a sauce as flawless tomatoes.

How to Make Perfect Southern Collard Greens |

Buying local produce that is “B” quality in appearance, keeps the cost down, and still allows Homegrown to use the freshest possible ingredients.

Miki wants to build a market that uses the surplus, reduces waste, and keeps farmers on their land doing what they do best.

Must-Make Perfect Southern Collard Greens |

She stated with conviction, “Homegrown will never be a profit-driven business.” Of course they want to provide for their little ones. Of course they want their restaurant to flourish, but they are driven by a greater desire to build sustainability throughout Western North Carolina.

Easy to Make Perfect Southern Collard Greens |

Today’s Perfect Southern Collard Greens are straight off the menu at Homegrown. They are hearty, rich, and comforting. Just how grandma used to make them.

Perfect Southern Collard Greens |

HomeGrown's Collards

Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
50 mins
Sharing Asheville, North Carolina's HomeGrown's Perfect Southern Collard Greens Recipe, made available from the restaurant owners on A Spicy Perspective.
Servings: 6
Nutrition Facts
HomeGrown's Collards
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 149 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 12%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 14mg 5%
Sodium 793mg 33%
Potassium 325mg 9%
Total Carbohydrates 13g 4%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 6g
Protein 6g 12%
Vitamin A 10%
Vitamin C 21%
Calcium 4.3%
Iron 3.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


For the Collards:
  • 3-4 strips bacon, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves chopped garlic
  • 2 turnips, peeled and diced
  • 2 bunches collard greens (large), stems removed and cut into 1 inch ribbons
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 2 cups vegetable stock
  • Pinch of nutmeg
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Place a large pot over medium heat. Render the bacon with the onions, garlic, and turnips until the onions are translucent, 5-8 minutes. Then add the collards and sauté another 10 minutes.

  2. Add the stock, bring to a boil. Reduce and simmer for 30 minutes. Season with nutmeg, salt and pepper to taste.

Share This Recipe With Friends!

Other Great Recipes

You May Also Like...

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

61 comments on “Perfect Southern Collard Greens

  1. Heatherposted September 29, 2018 at 8:20 am Reply

    Hi Sommer-where is the recipe for the cheesy grits?! Went to Homegrown and they were easily the best I’ve ever had! So decadent and melt in your mouth amazing! I would love to make them at home too!

  2. Fresh and Foodieposted February 14, 2011 at 9:21 pm Reply

    I love collards. My friend has this amazing recipe — she won’t tell me exactly what’s in it, but I do know that it’s awesome! Maybe it’s the ham hock? Either way, delicious dishes!

  3. The Mom Chef ~ Taking on Magazines One Recipe at a Timeposted February 7, 2011 at 5:10 pm Reply

    I’m not a big fan of grits (at all), but I love collards that have been prepared properly and these look fantastic. I’m marking this recipe down. Thanks for the interview with the folks in Asheville, for introducing me to their restaurant and to the wonderful recipe!

  4. Saraposted February 7, 2011 at 8:55 am Reply

    Nice post Sommer. I love seeing people support each other :)

  5. denise @ bread expectationsposted February 7, 2011 at 3:40 am Reply

    Looks like a lovely and truly soulful place to eat or just hang out. Never had collard greens cooked like that or grits for that matter (unless grits is like polenta?) but I really would love to try both, cos they sound fabulous and well, I’m just greedy…

  6. Kristenposted February 6, 2011 at 7:15 pm Reply

    Those sound so good. I have just recently started cooking with collard greens and was pleasantly surprised at how much I like them.

  7. Chef Dennisposted February 6, 2011 at 2:22 pm Reply

    hi Sommer

    what I wouldn’t give to enjoy a plate of down home southern cooking like that! Cheesey grits, collards and biscuits! If I am ever down that way I know where I’m going to eat!

  8. [email protected]posted February 6, 2011 at 1:26 pm Reply

    I don’t even like collard green and here I’m wishing I had this for dinner! :)

    P.S. – I just started following you on twitter when I saw you unfollowed me because thats whn I realised you were on twitter! :( No hard feeling thts all I wanted to say. Cheers :)

    • Sommerposted February 6, 2011 at 3:01 pm Reply

      Hi Kulsum,

      Sorry about the Twitter unfollow! I have a program that manages Twitter for me and it unsubscribes to anyone I follow who hasn’t tweeted in over 3 months. The idea is to keep an accurate count of who I’m actually socializing with on a regular basis.

      I don’t know if you’ve been busy and haven’t had time for Twitter, or if it’s a glitch, but I’ll re-follow right now! :)

      Thanks for letting me know!

  9. Amy Bakes Everythingposted February 6, 2011 at 10:40 am Reply

    I would LOVE to sit down at that restaurant! Collards and grits? Life doesn’t get any better than that!

  10. Altaposted February 5, 2011 at 10:15 pm Reply

    Say collard greens and cheesy grits and I come running! This sounds so tasty. Thanks for sharing.

  11. Leslieposted February 5, 2011 at 9:44 pm Reply

    I found your site through Tasty Kitchen. I can’t wait to try the Homegrown’s Collards and Turnips recipe. I’ll have to look for their restaurant when I’m in Asheville next time. We live just down the mountain in TN (Johnson City). Thanks for sharing!

  12. Angela FRSposted February 5, 2011 at 4:35 pm Reply

    That plate of food looks soooooooo good–really, there is nothing better than cheesy grits and greens.

  13. Magic of Spiceposted February 5, 2011 at 3:28 pm Reply

    That does look and sound like a great place…I have not had either of these dishes since I was a child. My dads favorites

  14. Magic of Spiceposted February 5, 2011 at 3:27 pm Reply

    That does look and sound like a great place…I have not had either of these dishes since I was a child. My dads favorites :)

  15. Tereseposted February 5, 2011 at 1:37 pm Reply

    Putting this #1 on my list of places to eat next! Thanks for the recipes too! Looks like something even I could fix and make taste good. :-)

  16. [email protected]posted February 5, 2011 at 2:24 pm Reply

    This place looks adorable! And I love love love cheesy grits!

  17. Lori Lynnposted February 5, 2011 at 11:24 am Reply

    Look at that helping of collards! WOW. I like the idea of cutting into ribbons.
    Terrific name for the place.
    Best wishes to them for continued success.

  18. Tiffanyposted February 4, 2011 at 7:22 pm Reply

    I want those grits right now!!!!! Great write up! Also, I’ve passed my Stylish Blogger Award onto you!!! You can see the post at: Happy Friday!

  19. Pachecopattyposted February 4, 2011 at 3:44 pm Reply

    We have the most beautiful collard greens in the market right now and I thank you, all of you, for this delicious recipe. The cheesy grits are looking pretty good along side, that’s for sure;-)

  20. Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagelsposted February 4, 2011 at 12:54 pm Reply

    What a cute restaurant! The food looks soooo incredible (the blackened trout is calling my name!!). I would have glady devoured everything. Thank you so much for the recipes, I can’t wait to try them. :)

  21. Amanda @ bakingwithoutaboxposted February 4, 2011 at 11:20 am Reply

    Oh wow! I want to go here. Funky downhome comforting goodness. Loved the photos of everyone at the restaurant and all the decor. But those grits – heavenly!

  22. Lora @cakeduchessposted February 4, 2011 at 9:17 am Reply

    I love this post Sommer! I want to go back to Asheville just to visit this cute little place. Thank you for sharing these two great recipes:)Lovin’ the Cheezy Grits;)Hope you have a fantastic weekend my friend!

  23. Victoria @ Mission: Foodposted February 4, 2011 at 9:16 am Reply

    I love the concept of farm to table. I’m glad that they are doing their part to really support the local farms, and using good ingredients even if they may be slightly flawed-looking. Thanks for sharing those recipes too! I love cheezy grits :)

  24. Jill Colonnaposted February 4, 2011 at 8:38 am Reply

    That looks such a relaxing place to eat. Great food and ambience!
    Bon weekend.

  25. Katerinaposted February 4, 2011 at 4:36 am Reply

    Since I live in Greece I am familiar wit the idea of cooking whatever is in season and buy locally. It seems to me that this place will be a hit among conscious people of the community there!

  26. Sommer Jposted February 4, 2011 at 3:11 am Reply

    Looks so delicious. I’ve been craving collard greens for a while, but they’re only available from October to December 31 here. so sad. This is certainly a food spot I’d love to go to. It seems as cozy as the food is delicious. Thanks for sharing, and sharing the recipes.

  27. girl parisposted February 3, 2011 at 11:18 pm Reply

    oh my word.. greens.. at least that’s what I used to call them as a child (I wonder if anyone calls them that)? Grits… are just a souther thing…. never grew up there, NYC girl, but did live between the mason dixon….

  28. Christina @ Sweet Pea's Kitchenposted February 3, 2011 at 10:35 pm Reply

    This looks like a great little restaurant. They always have the best home cooking! I love the cheesy grits, my mom is from the south and used to make them all the time for me when I was younger! Yummy! :)

  29. vtkitchenposted February 3, 2011 at 11:11 pm Reply

    I remember eating grits back when i lived in the south. they are so good! i haven’t had them in years, since moving out of the region. this post reminds me how i’m missing out. thanks for sharing!

  30. Aldyposted February 3, 2011 at 9:15 pm Reply

    Sommer, Absolutely Beautiful!!! Love those kind of places. They make you feel cozy :)

    Lovely pics,

    Have a great weekend :)


  31. A little bit of everythingposted February 3, 2011 at 9:07 pm Reply

    love this kind of dinners. they make you feel like you’re right at home.
    those cheesy grits sound delicious. thanks for the recipe Sommer.
    Have a wonderful Friday

  32. Claudiaposted February 3, 2011 at 7:04 pm Reply

    I just want to be cozy in their lovely place and partake. I wish them all good things on this wonderful enterprise. Brava to them for truly supporting their local farmer.

  33. A Canadian Foodieposted February 3, 2011 at 4:40 pm Reply

    It sounds like these guys know what they are doing. The restaurant and food looks perfect. Every community needs their local food heros!!!
    I have never eaten collard greens or grits. There is no place here on the Alberta Prairies that serves them up, either. When I eventually get to a travel location to try them, I certainly will!!!

  34. Dmarieposted February 3, 2011 at 4:20 pm Reply

    Our last trip to Asheville got cut short…you keep making me think it might be time to schedule another!

  35. Steve @ HPDposted February 3, 2011 at 3:50 pm Reply

    Love their color scheme. Very cool logo, art, fonts, colors …

    And yours ain’t too shabby, either!

  36. brad wrightposted February 3, 2011 at 2:07 pm Reply

    Sommer, I have just have to comment on your exceptional website. I feel I was one of your early followers with my late nights working, walkig up and down the interstate reading your blog. Congratulations on a tremendous job of growing your blog and website. It is super informative, easy reading, and direct to the point. Keep up the good work, and if I was any kind of cook at all I know for a fact I would want Sommer Collier and A Spicy Perspective to do a write up on me!

    • Sommerposted February 3, 2011 at 2:49 pm Reply

      Awe, thanks Brad! You made me get all teary-eyed!

  37. CLAIREposted February 3, 2011 at 1:17 pm Reply

    I am so glad they shared the recipe with your readers… this looks unbelievable! I love cheezy grits! I ws with Pam about the 3rd item… Looks good too though!

  38. Jennifurlaposted February 3, 2011 at 1:10 pm Reply

    What a super place, I love the charm and atmostphere. Thanks for sharing.

  39. Pam Burr, Claremore, OKposted February 3, 2011 at 12:54 pm Reply

    Can you plese tell me what the third item on the plate is?
    Is that a tamale?
    What kind of sauce is on the item?

    • Sommerposted February 3, 2011 at 1:02 pm Reply

      Hi Pam!

      It was blackened trout…and really good!

  40. Angie's Recipesposted February 3, 2011 at 12:51 pm Reply

    This looks so good! I wish I could taste some homegrown collard greens. The restaurant looks very cozy and the chef sounds trustworthy.

  41. Cynthia mooreposted February 3, 2011 at 11:26 am Reply

    Is the location on merrimon ave?? I love grits cooked right

    • Sommerposted February 3, 2011 at 11:55 am Reply

      Yep! Where Picnics used to be. :)

  42. Priscilla - She's Cookin'posted February 3, 2011 at 11:19 am Reply

    I love these kinds of places – for their food and their philosophy. Thanks for sharing their vision and awesome greens and grits!

  43. Belinda @zomppaposted February 3, 2011 at 11:17 am Reply

    What a great find!! I’m so marking this place. You had be at cheezy grits.

  44. Stellaposted February 3, 2011 at 10:47 am Reply

    I have magic powers too, Sommer;) Though I’ve been trying me best not to use them lately (smile and kidding).
    I don’t live in Asheville, but Cauldron Boy always talks about taking The Bar in North Carolina. It’s his dream to live in Asheville, so I’ll remember ‘HOMEGROWN’. The food looks really wonderful!

  45. Roxanposted February 3, 2011 at 10:10 am Reply

    This restaurant is so cute! I totally get you are saying about its ambiance, it looks so welcoming and comforting. I would love to have a joint like that near my place. Food looks amazing too!

  46. Stephanieposted February 3, 2011 at 9:15 am Reply

    Sounds like an awesome restaurant. I love their attitude and philosophy, plus the food sounds delicious!

  47. Monetposted February 3, 2011 at 9:15 am Reply

    This was an amazing post. I’m forwarding it to my husband because we would love to do this someday. What an inspiration this is! Thank you so much for sharing it with me…I only wish I could drive over to visit it today!

  48. Laura @ Family Spiceposted February 3, 2011 at 9:14 am Reply

    What a great philosophy! Of course it all tastes great because of the high quality and freshness of the produce. I’ve never had grits or collard greens, but they look beautiful on the plate!

  49. carolinaheartstringsposted February 3, 2011 at 9:56 am Reply

    That foods looks wonderful. Next time I go to Asheville I will look this place up. NOthing better than cheese grits!

  50. rebeccaposted February 3, 2011 at 8:30 am Reply

    love little places like this where the owners are passionate about good food this is a fab Southern dish thanks for the encouragement sometimes it just gets me down

  51. Soniaposted February 3, 2011 at 8:15 am Reply

    this is looking so fresh and wonderful…nothing can beat the freshness of homegrown products !

  52. 5 Star Foodieposted February 3, 2011 at 9:03 am Reply

    This sounds like an awesome place, how wonderful of them to share their special recipes for collard greens and grits!

  53. Alisonposted February 3, 2011 at 7:35 am Reply

    Looks great! Is this what went in where Picnics used to be?

    • Sommerposted February 3, 2011 at 7:36 am Reply

      Yep! I was a little sad to see Picnics go, but thrilled to have HomeGrown show up!

  54. Sanjeeta kkposted February 3, 2011 at 6:52 am Reply

    Looks like a lively place to be in, love the collard and the gritzs recipes.

  55. The Food Houndposted February 3, 2011 at 6:49 am Reply

    I love it! This place SO fits the Asheville vibe! I will have to keep this on my list of places to eat next time I’m there!! I enjoy hearing about local finds in the area!