Southern Collard Greens

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I made these the for the first time about seven years ago and have been making this exact collard green recipe ever since!

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I made these the for the first time about seven years ago and have been making this exact collard green recipe ever since! #recipe from thissillygirlskitchen.com #collardgreens #southerncollardgreens #newyears #southernfood

Southern Collard Greens

These are by far better than anything you can get at a restaurant.

Or, any restaurant that I have had them at, that is.

Normally when I order them they end up coming out well, flavorless.

Even at one of my favorite southern restaurants, Cracker Barrel where you would think they would nail this one.

Now, no offense to any of you’s that like this sorta thing, it just isn’t what I fancy.

So here I have a flavorful Southern staple my way:


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I made these the for the first time about seven years ago and have been making this exact collard green recipe ever since! #recipe from thissillygirlskitchen.com #collardgreens #southerncollardgreens #newyears #southernfood

 

Oh yea, while these are cooking away it smells just like my Grandma’s house.

For this collard greens recipe, you will need just a few ingredients.

  • Packaged Collard Greens, already chopped and rinsed for you!
  • Ham Hocks, you can find these near the ham section, I look for the biggest ones with the most meat.
  • Unsalted Chicken Stock – USE UNSALTED ONLY.
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Butter
  • Seasoned Salt
  • Fresh Black Pepper – that’s it!

I made these the for the first time about seven years ago and have been making this exact collard green recipe ever since! #recipe from thissillygirlskitchen.com #collardgreens #southerncollardgreens #newyears #southernfood

How to make southern collard greens

First, open up the ham hock package, put a large pot on the stove over medium heat.

When the pot is hot gently place ham hocks in the pot with half the butter and get a good sear on all sides.

When seared, add the chicken stock, garlic and onion powder to the pot.

Put the lid on the pot and bring to a boil. Reduce to a high simmer and let cook for at least 1 hour but I recommend 2 hours.

Take out the ham hocks with tongs and set aside.

Open the package of collards and place handfuls at a time into the liquid. Add the entire bag and stir in the liquid so everything is immersed.

Add season salt and black pepper. Bring this up to a simmer and cover.

Let simmer for 1-2 hours until desired tenderness.

While collards are cooking you will need to pick the meat off of the ham hocks once they have completely cooled. This can be a bit tricky and you really won’t get much meat off but any little bit counts.

Try not to get any of the gristle. When you’re done picking the meat add it to the pot at any time.

Once the greens are to your desired tenderness, taste and adjust seasoning if needed. Add the remaining 1 Tbls of butter just before serving.

I made these the for the first time about seven years ago and have been making this exact collard green recipe ever since! #recipe from thissillygirlskitchen.com #collardgreens #southerncollardgreens #newyears #southernfood

These are amazing and they make so much that I am able to freeze leftovers for two additional nights!

Can you freeze collard greens?

Yes! Let them completely cool then place them into an airtight container. Place the container in the freezer.

Collard greens will last in the freezer for up to three months.

What to serve with southern collard greens?

I love serving these collard greens with my fried chicken, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, and Easy Strawberry Shortcake!

I made these the for the first time about seven years ago and have been making this exact collard green recipe ever since! #recipe from thissillygirlskitchen.com #collardgreens #southerncollardgreens #newyears #southernfood

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I hope you enjoy this recipe. What smells from your favorite dishes remind you of your childhood?

Recipe for southern collard greens

Southern Style Collard Greens

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Southern
Keyword: collard greens, collards, side dish, southern food
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours 20 minutes
Total Time: 4 hours 30 minutes
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 141kcal
Author: Dana DeVolk
These are by far better than anything you can get at a restaurant. Or, any restaurant that I have had them at, that is.
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Ingredients

  • 2 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter divided
  • 2 Ham Hocks
  • 64 ounces Unsalted Chicken Stock
  • 2 Tablespoons Garlic powder
  • 2 Tablespoons Onion powder
  • 2 pounds Collard Greens bagged already chopped and rinsed for you!
  • 1 Tablespoon seasoned salt
  • 10 cracks fresh black pepper

Instructions

  • Scour the ham hocks with a paring knife, just to slice through the skin and expose the meat. Put a large pot on the stove over medium heat. When the pot is hot gently place one tablespoon of the butter, ham hocks in the pot and get a good sear on all sides.
  • When seared, add the chicken stock, garlic and onion powder to the pot. Put the lid on the pot and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and let cook for at least 1 hour but I recommend 2 hours. Take out the ham hocks with tongs and set aside in a bowl. Place handfuls of the collards at a time into the liquid. Add the entire bag and stir in the liquid so everything is immersed. 
  • Add the season salt and fresh black pepper. Bring this up to a simmer and cover. Let simmer for 1-2 hours until desired tenderness.
  • While collards are cooking you will need to pick the meat off of the ham hocks once they have completely cooled. This can be a bit tricky and you really won’t get much meat off but any little bit counts. Try not to get any of the gristle. When you’re done picking the meat add it to the pot at any time.
  • Once the greens are to your desired tenderness, taste and adjust seasoning if needed. Add the remaining butter just before serving.

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Nutrition

Calories: 141kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 839mg | Potassium: 398mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 77.2% | Vitamin C: 33% | Calcium: 19.1% | Iron: 5.8%

Post updated 11/12/2018 with new photos and slight recipe tweaks.

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11 Comments at Southern Collard Greens

  1. I had my first collard greens this spring in Savannah…so yummy! I’m glad I now have a tried and true recipe so I can prepare my own 🙂

  2. They look yummy!! I know it’s not a smell from food, but whenever I smell freshly cut grass I think of my grandparents summer house on the Fox River in Haeger’s Bend, Illinois!

  3. Can’t wait to try this recipe! Can you specify how many cups of chicken broth you use? Or what size containers? Thanks.

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