True Southern Collard Greens

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Recipe by ShoeDiva

My father is from North Carolina, and this is the true TRADITIONAL way to cook some greens, You may substitute the PORK for SMOKED TURKEY.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Since Collard Greens are VERY SANDY you must cut of the ends and rinse 3-4 TIMES.
  2. Stack leaves on top of each other about 15 roll up then cut.
  3. Cut up salt pork into strips and fry in a pan -- Do not add any OIL or GREASE it will make it's own.
  4. If your using the smoked turkey, just add to the pot with 1/2 cup of water.
  5. Smash garlic with knife (do not chop up).
  6. Add water, red pepper, smashed garlic, onion & garlic powder and black pepper (add the SALT if your using the smoked turkey & add the smoked turkey) to large pot; bring to a boil.
  7. Add collard greens to pot (water level should be very low--DON'T ADD ANY MORE!).
  8. Bring back to a boil add salt pork and the grease it made into the pot.
  10. Stir & cover and bring to very low heat.
  11. Cook greens for about 1 hour stirring occasionally, then add sugar/Splenda.
  12. Cook for another 30 minutes stirring occasionally.
  13. Now you have TRUE Southern Collard Greens.

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