Total Time
5hrs 20mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 5 hrs

Oh, I grew up watching my Nanny and Momma cooking collards..... Watching them I knew cooking was an art. Nothing is exact but almost perfect in the end........


  1. Boil water with salt and a meaty ham hock.
  2. Use about 2 bunches of collards.
  3. Cut the ends up to the leafy ends.
  4. Wash with cold water (each leaf both sides) Take the stem and leaf and rip the stem off from the middle of the leaf.
  5. Lay several together and roll, start cutting down the leaves.
  6. Put several handful of the collards in water continue to add until all in pot.
  7. Cover and let it simmer for several hours.
  8. Check and add water when needed.
  9. Also, season when needed during the cooking process.
  10. Sometimes I will put chopped onions,turnips or a small bunch of mustard greens, turnip greens or spinach to add a differnt taste.
  11. "Orto clean out my fridge.
  12. "It's hard to mess up collards.
  13. Oh and the taste is wonderful.
  14. Foot Note: I forgot about the pecan. They say it takes the smell away.
Most Helpful

Love Collard Greens, this receipe is sooooooo easy:-)

spitfire815 January 09, 2009

A five hour simmer cooked my garden fresh collards and a ham shank to perfection. I added crushed red pepper and a peeled onion, halved. It melted into the collards by the time they were served. Awesome, Redallnite.

sugarpea March 22, 2006