Best Ever Collard Greens

"This is my own recipe for collard greens. Once I made them this way my husband won't let me cook them any other way. People who don't typically like greens like these. It is also good with turnips and mustards. I add some of the turnip root if I use turnips."
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Ready In:
3hrs 30mins




  • Heat broth.
  • Add remaining ingredients.
  • If there is not enough broth to cover greens, add more.
  • Bring to a boil, then reduce heat& simmer for about 3 hours.
  • Remove bay leaves.

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  1. Bergy
    Great flavor - loved it. I can't get Collard greens here so I used Chinese Cabbage - worked really well. I served it with Fried Okra & Jambalaya Thanks, great meal
  2. Mary Leverington
    Too salty. I'd recommend using the low sodium chicken broth.
  3. Bob_Sisson
    Even my Kids liked this. I substituted some cut up bacon for the Ham as that is what I had. It came out Great. My son even asked for it again.
  4. Jen C Seattle
    I used this recipe to make collard greens for the first time (my first time using ham hocks as well!) and they came out just perfect. I didn't even need to add any salt and pepper for additional seasoning. I did find I needed just a bit more liquid to cover my greens so just supplemented the chicken stock with some water. After cook time, I shredded bits of meat off the ham hocks and then removed the remaining bone. This will be my go-to recipe for collards!
  5. Lucky13
    This was a good recipe. I only gave it 4 stars because my only criticism is that the direction are a bit vague. This was my first time dealing with collards and felt that there could have been a little more instruction. For example: I had no idea if the ham hock was to be used only for flavor or if I was supposed to do more with it. Wasn't sure if I chop up the leaves a little or leave them whole etc. All in all it was very easy and very tasty. Thank you for the recipe.


  1. atlfitgirl
    I love collard greens and eat them every chance I get when we go out to eat if they have them on the menu... but I had never thought of making them myself. So, I decided it was time to try... cross your fingers!!! This was a simple and mouth watering recipe. I did make a couple of changes... I was too lazy to clean the collards myself so I bought a huge bag of the pre cleaned/cut greens from the farmers market. I also used a smoked turkey wing instead of the ham hock. So delicious with a splash of vinegar! Not bitter at all... Thanks for sharing!
  2. Browntrees
    This recipe for "Best Ever Collard Greens" was truly as the title says!! The Collard Greens turned out tender, flavorful and delicious. Because I don't eat pork (or beef) I had to substitute and add-on when I made this recipe. My substitutions/add-ons were: ***I substituted 2 large Smoked Turkey Necks in place of the Hamhocks. ***I mixed 32 oz. of fat-free Chicken Broth and 32 oz. of Chicken Stock. ***I used 3 Bay Leaves instead of 2. ***I added-in 1 teaspoon of McCormick California Style Crushed Garlic to the broth mixture. ***I boiled the Smoked Turkey Necks on MEDIUM-LOW in the broth mixture for an hour and forty-five minutes, removed the bones (and the meat was falling off the bones!!), added the cleaned greens and simmered the greens for an hour and fifteen minutes. ****This recipe was so flavorful that I didn't add ANY salt or pepper to the recipe and the Collard Greens were still 'da bomb'!! Thanks so much Mysterygirl! Now I have a "secret recipe" for the "Best Ever Collard Greens" you'll ever taste!!!
  3. Bob_Sisson
    Even my Kids liked this. I substituted some cut up bacon for the Ham as that is what I had. It came out Great. My son even asked for it again.


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