How to Cook Collard Greens Just Like They Make Down South

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This is a side dish that is very popular in the south. If you grew up in the south then you have eaten some collard greens. This is how they make southern collard greens. You can make this dish with any meats to give your greens some flavor. I know a lot of people who will use smoked turkey wings instead of ham shanks or ham hocks. The call that a healthy collard green recipe.

How to clean your collard greens.

1. Separate your greens. Cut off them stems

2. Wash your greens to make sure you get rid of any grit, sand or dirt.

3. Tear the green away from the stem and put it aside in a stack

4. cut the stacks into strips and then you have collard greens ready to be cooked.

Step 1: What You Need to Start Cooking Collard Greens

This is what you need to cook your greens.

4 bushels of collard greens

1 onion chopped

4 cloves of garlic

4 cubes chicken bullion

2 ham shanks

1/2 teaspoon of season salt

1/2 teaspoon spoon of garlic salt

1/2 teaspoon of black pepper

2 dashes of hot sauce

1 dash of pepper flakes

Chop up your onion and set it aside. Getting a small chopper saves a lot of time. Do the same with your garlic. Then in a pot add in the bullion cubes, the chopped onion and garlic that you minced. Cover you pan with water just enough to cover the ham shanks, add in the seasonings and heat on low to medium heat.

After it has come to a boil. Take out the ham shanks and separate the meat. Add the meat back into the pot and start adding your collard greens in a little at t time and let them cook down. Continue this until all the greens are cooked down. When green are tender then they are ready to eat. Careful not to cook them to long or they can get mushy. It is up to you want to you to use for seasonings. We at digital home cooking serve our greens in a bowl and add a dash of hot sauce. If you have not done anything else what you did do is get yourself some collard green nutrition and a tasty snack at that.

Step 2: This Is Not a Healthy Collard Green Recipe But It Taste Good.

Step 3: Now You Know How to Cook Collard Greens at Home.



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    2 Discussions


    4 years ago

    Very nice method Madeai. I will try that. I have overlooked my greens before and it does not taste very good. Thanks for that tip. I am going to try your way when we cook them again.


    4 years ago on Introduction

    I add an extra couple of steps but it results in greens that are not oily or overcooked. I cook the meat by itself a day ahead. I cool, then refrigerate the cooking liquid and the meat. When cold, I separate the meat, skim off the fat and 'stuff' that floated to the top. I'm left with lean meat and a nice non-greasy broth. I will sometimes reduce the broth to get a better flavor from it.

    Then I cook the meat, broth and veggies until the greens are tender. This results in a nicer mouth feel to the greens and nice tender meat without the fatty parts. You could also use smoked turkey for a leaner option with some of the same flavor.