Prep 45 mins
Cook 1 hr 30 mins
Stewed greens are a Southern staple in many kitchens. They are easy to make, economical, delicious and freeze wonderfully. This is a very general recipe - everyone does it differently...but here's the basics of how I make my version. Feel free to experiment with seasonings and don't forget to freeze some to have later - it always makes more than you think. Oh, and do try it with a mixture of greens - buy one bunch of each kind available and mix them all together - yum!
- 4 bunches fresh greens (turnip, collard, mustard, kale or cabbage sprouts)
- 1 -2 ham hock
- 2 medium turnips, peeled and diced
- 1 quart water (plus more as needed)
- 3 tablespoons vegetable seasoning (I use "Reunion Foods" Extra Spicy Vegetable Seasoning Mix)
- nonstick cooking spray
- Spray the bottom of your largest stock or soup pot with non-stick spray and brown the ham hocks for a few minutes over med-high heat.
- Add the water to pot and scrape up any brown bits - but leave them in the pot for flavor.
- Add the diced turnips.
- Wash the greens to remove any dirt or sand and chop coarsely (removing large or tough stems.).
- Add greens to your pot - you can do this as you chop them and turn heat to medium-low. Stir the greens occasionally and add more water as neccesary.
- Season to taste with your greens seasoning mix. Appx. 1-3 tablespoons per pound of fresh greens.
- Let simmer, covered, for at least one hour - the longer, the better. Greens should be completely wilted and any stems should be very tender.
- Remove ham hocks from pot, let cool for a few minutes and then remove fat and bone.
- Chop the meat into small bits and add back to the pot.
- Adjust seasonings to taste.
- Serve with hot pepper vinegar to splash over the top.
- ***if a ready-made greens seasoning is not available - try using salt, pepper, garlic powder, dehydrated onions, paprika, etc. - or your favorite seasoning blend.
- ***this can also be a vegetarian dish - just leave out the ham hocks - but you might want to add a bit of "Liquid Smoke" to get that smoky flavor.