Collard Greens au Gratin


Collard Greens au Gratin combines a lusciously creamy sauce topped with a cheesy panko crust. With each bite, this side dish is full of crunch and a decadently creamy goodness that is sure to make this southern veggie the star of of your holiday table.

Collard Greens with Panko and Parmesan Crust in a cast iron skillet.


Collard Greens are a staple at our Holiday meal each year. This year I thought I would fancy up these beautiful leafy greens and with a little spin off on my Spinach au Gratin. Now, Collard Greens are delightful all on their own, but boy after making this version I might be eating some of my own words. Like “all collards needs is a little vinegar and pepper sauce.” 

It’s a southern thing ya’ll, but so is cheese and breading right??? So, I guess I won’t be saying that anymore!! 🙂

The crunch in each bite of creamy collards keeps you coming back for another bite and another and just one more … This Southern Tradition just got kicked up a notch and I am here to share it with you my friend!! Oh and I guess I will be sharing with my family too 😉

Collard Greens topped with Salt in Pot

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Collard Greens Au Grating in a cast iron skillet.

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Collard Greens Au Gratin

Collard Greens Au Gratin

Collard Greens au Gratin

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Southern
Servings: 8



Collard Greens

  • 1 pound Collard Greens, stems removed and torn (I buy baged in store and already cut and washed)
  • 3 strips bacon, roughly cut
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tsp white vinegar
  • salt to taste
  • pinch sugar
  • few dashes of hot sauce (optional)

Sauce and Topping

  • 1 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 3 to 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1/4 cup sweet onion, diced
  • 2 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg, ground
  • 1 cup panko crumbs
  • 1 cup six cheese italian or parmesan cheese, shredded and divided
  • 1 cup asiago cheese, grated and divided


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  2. In a large pot or dutch oven fry bacon until lightly browned and cooked. Add in rest of Collard Green ingredients and bring to a boil then reduce to medium hear and cook for about 30 minutes.

  3. Drain in colander and place on cutting board and finely chop. Wrap with paper towels and press to remove water. 

  4. In a sauce pot bring milk, cream and garlic to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about 5 minutes. Remove from heat.

  5. Melt butter in a large cast iron skillet. Add onion and saute until translucent, about 3 to 4 minutes. Add flour, whisk to combine and cook for 1 minute. Add cream mixture and whisk until mixed. Add nutmeg, 1/2 cup of Asiago and 1/2 cup  Italian or Parmesan cheese. Whisk until cheese is melted.

  6. Add collard greens and mix well. Remove from burner.

  7. In a bowl combine panko crumbs and remaining cheese. Sprinkle evenly over the collard mixture. Place in oven and bake for 30 to 40 minute or until is golden brown.

  8. Remove and Serve.

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  6. Carolyn Ingram November 17, 2017 at 4:56 pm - Reply

    This looks like the perfect dinner! I can’t wait to try making it!

    • November 17, 2017 at 7:14 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much Carolyn! I so hope you enjoy it! May you have a blessed Thanksgiving! I’d love for you to come back and let me know how it goes!



  7. Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) November 14, 2017 at 6:25 pm - Reply

    Never seen collard greens au gratin…good idea!

    • November 14, 2017 at 8:33 pm - Reply

      Thank you Jocelyn! They are so tasty! You can’t really go wrong with collards can you!!



  8. Megan @ MegUnprocessed November 14, 2017 at 1:35 pm - Reply

    I love this twist! It sounds delicious!

  9. Erin Clarkson November 14, 2017 at 10:38 am - Reply

    This looks amazing! I have some collards in the fridge I’m not quite sure what to do with – now I do!

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  11. Caroline November 13, 2017 at 3:14 pm - Reply

    This looks delicious and love your photos!

  12. Carlee November 12, 2017 at 10:20 pm - Reply

    I absolutely love this idea! I have never made collard greens at home but love them when we are out. I really should give this a go! Thanks so much for sharing at our sides and pie event. I pinned this and can’t wait to make it!

    • November 13, 2017 at 5:02 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much Carlee! It’s my pleasure to share and I am getting lots of great recipes at the event! I hope you enjoy this as much as my family does!



  13. Wendy Klik November 12, 2017 at 9:46 pm - Reply

    I love learning about how others celebrate and the traditions they hold. Thanks for sharing.

    • November 12, 2017 at 9:50 pm - Reply

      Thank you for coming by Wendy! I love to hear others stories as well! To me this is what the season is about sharing, thankfulness and lots of love. Oh and I cannot forget the great food!! 😉

  14. marye November 12, 2017 at 8:09 pm - Reply

    You already know what I think of this dish. SO help me tomorrow I’m getting the stuff and making it all for myself. Brilliant!

    • November 12, 2017 at 9:47 pm - Reply

      Marye you are so sweet! I really can say I love this dish and I hope you do as well! I cannot wait to hear what you think <3

  15. Wimpy Vegetarian November 12, 2017 at 5:59 pm - Reply

    This is a perfect way to eat collards! I’m going to look for some good ones at the market this week so I can make this. I love how it sounds and looks!!

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  18. Liz November 12, 2017 at 1:05 pm - Reply

    Now THIS is one scrumptious way to add more greens to your diet!! Perfect for the holidays!

    • November 12, 2017 at 3:06 pm - Reply

      I agree Liz!! Since it leafy greens that cream and cheese does count towards calories right – lol!

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