Perfect Southern Collard Greens

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

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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
Sharing Asheville, North Carolina's HomeGrown's Perfect Southern Collard Greens Recipe, made available from the restaurant owners on A Spicy Perspective.
Servings: 4 Servings
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.


  • 3-4 stripes bacon, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves chopped garlic
  • 2 turnips, peeled and diced
  • 2 large bunches collard greens, 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.

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    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…