Patti's Screamin' Mean Greens

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 30 mins

With a few tweaks to the recipe of the infamous and incomparable Ms. Patti Labelle, I can now make greens my young children love to eat!

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 lb collard greens
  • 1 lb kale
  • 1 lb turnip greens
  • 1 lb mustard greens
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 14 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 12 lbs turkey wings, smoked
  • salt, seasoned
  • fresh ground black pepper
  • 2 jalapenos, seeded and chopped (optional)


  1. Fill your kitchen sink with water and wash the greens well. As you lift the greens from the sink, any grit will fall to the bottom. Repeat if necessary.
  2. Tear the greens into large pieces, and remove and discard tough stems. Place greens in a large bowl - do NOT drain in a colander.
  3. In a large pot, combine the onions, 2 cups water, oil, and jalapenos (if using). Bring to the boil over high heat.
  4. Gradually stir in the greens, letting one batch wilt before you add the next. Bury the turkey wing in the greens. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Cover the pot and reduce the heat to medium-low. Cook until the greens are tender, about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  6. Remove the turkey wing, discard the skin and bones. Chop the turkey meat and return to the pot.
  7. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the greens to a serving dish. Serve hot.


Most Helpful

Delicious! I make this healthy recipe for my family often. Thanks for sharing Patti.

FoodCritic#1 April 08, 2012

I did not like these..After only 30 mins of cooking --the greens were still a little crunchy so I cooked them a little longer. But I will not make these again. Sorry..:(

MsKNP January 02, 2011

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