How to Cook Collard Greens

April 20, 2012 by  
Filed under How To, Vegetables

It seems the last holdouts in my winter garden are collard greens. Believe it or not, even with the weather we have had recently, I still have collards. Well, it is time to begin getting ready for the spring garden, so I am cooking the last of the collard greens.

Collard greens

Collard greens (Photo credit: beardenb)

How to Cook Collard Greens

  • 1 large or 2 small ham hocks
  • A mess of collards, as many as your pot will hold.
  • Water or stock
  • Salt, pepper, garlic salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Red pepper flakes, optional
  • Pepper vinegar-for serving, optional
  1. Put the ham hocks in a large pot and add water or stock to cover them. Bring to a boil and reduce the heat to a simmer. Cover the pot and simmer for approximately 1 hour to extract the smoky goodness from the ham hocks.
  2. Meanwhile, trim the collards. Remove the center rib from each leaf and cut the collards into 1 to 2 -inch squares.
  3. Add the collards to the pot, along with the seasonings to your taste. (Except for pepper vinegar.)
  4. Simmer the collards, stirring occasionally, for about 45 minutes, until the collards are tender.
  5. Serve the collards sprinkled to taste with pepper vinegar.
  6. Don’t discard the “pot likker”, its considered the best part by some and it is definitely full of vitamins. Drink it or use it for soup, etc.
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