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

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Southern
Servings: 8
Author: Nikki - Soulfully Made



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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