Great recipe - I actually used this for my Southern Comfort menu on the Food Network Canada show, Dinner Party Wars, as a contestant. I lived in the south for about 6 years, in NC, and this was the closest to the real thing I had found. The only change I made, was the second time I made it, I did not return the crumbled bacon to the pan, as the collards were cooking. I added the crispy bacon in after the collards were done, for some crunch. The smokey bacon flavor was there, as the onions and collard simmered in the bacon grease, but leaving them in the pan during the wilting collard green process, made the bacon soggy. Also, I bought really good smokey bacon from the butcher, thick cut, with 2/3 meat to fat. Made all the difference in the world. Corbin, the chef judge, declared them "Yummy!" which was high praise indeed! Glad the bacon bits were crispy! Have made it a few times since and making it again for Canadian Thanksgiving this year.
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Great recipe - I actually used this for my Southern Comfort menu on the Food Network Canada...