Turnip Greens with bacon and onions
Vegetables and Salads

Smothered Greens

Confession time: I hated greens as a kid but I love them now. My Dad grew Swiss chard and I would do anything to avoid eating it. Now I like all kinds of greens: dandelion, collard, mustard, chard, beet and turnips. Especially when you cook them with bacon and onions.

Turnip Greens with bacon and onionsI had a few turnips still in the ground the other day and some transplants ready to go in to their space. So, up they came and I made these greens and saved the turnip roots for another recipe (coming Thursday).

Because they were small, the greens were still young and not as bitter as turnip greens can usually get. Unfortunately, unless you grow them or get them at a Farmer’s Market you’d probably be hard pressed to find turnips with the greens still attached, as you can with beets. Feel free to use your favorite type of greens to make this.

You can also use any kind of bacon: pork, turkey, beef or even tempeh. You might want to add a little olive oil if your bacon is not very fatty. The fat helps reduce the bitterness in the greens.

One word of warning if you have never cooked with greens before – they will shrink! You will start with a pot full of green leaves and end up with about a third of a pot of cooked greens.

Smothered Greens

Prep time5 minutes
Cook time25 minutes
Total time30 minutes
Meal type Salad and Vegetables
Region American
Greens smothered in bacon and onions. Use with any kind of greens: mustard, collard, turnip, dandelion, beet, chard.


  • 2lb fresh greens (turnip, beet, collard, mustard, dandelion, etc.)
  • 4-5 pieces bacon (pork, turkey, beef or tempeh)
  • 2 tablespoons onions (chopped)
  • 1 teaspoon sugar (or other sweetener)
  • salt and pepper to taste


If using tempeh or turkey or beef bacon you may want to add a small amount of olive oil before cooking.


Thoroughly wash greens.
turnip greens
Chop bacon and onions.
chopped bacon and onions
In a large saucepan, sauté bacon over medium heat.
saute chopped bacon
Add onion and sauté a few minutes until beginning to turn translucent.
add onions to cooked bacon
Add greens, sugar and 1/2 cup of water and stir briefly.
turnip greens in saucepan.
Cover and lower heat to medium low. Cook for 15 to 20 minutes until greens are tender. Add salt and pepper to taste.

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7 thoughts on “Smothered Greens”

  1. I hated greens as a kid and still do now, though I improved on eating some raw.
    As a hater who’s gonna go on hatin’ (veggies), I must say your dish looks delicious.

    The sugar is to break the bitterness of the greens?
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