Welcome to Bite Back!, ESSENCE’s digital series debating the most heated food topics around the Black dinner table.

When it comes to Thanksgiving dinner must haves we already know classic mac and cheese is the real star (turkey who?!), and anyone who puts a pumpkin pie on our table must be banished from Wakanda immediately. But these aren’t the only dishes that get shine on our dinner tables.

Collard greens is a dish that can only be made by the sassiest of Black aunties and grannies, so you know it will be prepared as the ancestors intended – with love and care. Nobody has time for dirty greens on their plate, and if their neck bones don’t make you give praise, just throw the whole cook away.

Watch the video to hear the ESSENCE team’s take on what goes into making the perfect Thanksgiving collard greens.

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