Collard Green Dressing

Smoked Turkey & Collard Greens Dressing

 I like to spice up my menu. I like to take traditional thanksgiving recipes, and give them a twist. In this post, I’m going to make a far from traditional Thanksgiving cornbread dressing. I’m going to show you how to make my easy Smoked Turkey & Collard Greens Cornbread Dressing
Prep Time 3 hours
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 50 minutes
Author I Heart Recipes


  • 2 24 oz bags of herb cornbread dressing
  • 1 stick unsalted butter plus more for buttering the bake dish
  • 6 cup turkey broth
  • 1.5 lb smoked turkey leg or wing
  • 2 stalks of celery diced
  • 1 medium sized red bell pepper diced
  • 1 medium sized onion diced
  • tbsp fresh minced garlic
  • 10 oz bag of collard greens cut & stems removed( clean greens thoroughly!)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp ground sage


  • Place the turkey wing or leg in the slow cooker, along with 6 cups turkey broth.
  • Let the turkey cook on high for 3 hours.
  • Remove the turkey from the broth ( but reserve the broth), and shred the meat, then set aside.
  • Next, melt down 4 tbsp of salted butter over medium heat, then toss in the chopped veggies, and minced garlic.
  • Season with the salt & pepper, then cook until translucent.
  • Remove the veggies from the pan, and set aside.
  • Next toss in the collard greens, and cook until tender.
  • Remove the greens from the pan, and melt down the 4 more tbsp of butter.
  • Add the cornbread dressing mix into a large mixing bowl, then pour in 6 cups of broth, and the melted butter.
  • Let sit for 15 minutes to soak up all the flavor.
  • Next, add in the minced veggies & garlic, collard greens, and smoked turkey.
  • Fold the ingredients.
  • Sprinkle in the sage, thyme, and red pepper flakes, then fold the ingredients some more.
  • Butter up a 9x13 bake dish, then add in the dressing.
  • Cover the dish with foil, and bake on 350 F ( make sure the oven is preheated!) for 50 minutes.
  • Once done, remove from the oven, and let sit for 10 minutes before serving.
  • Serve & enjoy!