Traditional Southern Greens (Mustard, Turnip or Collards)

Recipe by little_wing
READY IN: 3hrs 25mins




  • Fill sink with cold water.
  • Put in greens, making sure they have room to float.
  • The greens will rise to the top, while the dirt will sink.
  • Let greens sit in water for about 20 minutes.
  • Scoop out greens being careful not to stir up the dirt on bottom.
  • If they still look dirty, change water and repeat process.
  • Finish the cleaning by rinsing under running water.
  • Tear greens into pieces, throwing away thick veins and stems.
  • In a large pot, heat the bacon grease over med-high.
  • Add the greens and toss well with bacon grease for a couple of minutes.
  • Add ham stock, salt and pepper and sugar and stir.
  • Cover and simmer gently until very tender (DO NOT BOIL).
  • As the greens cook, they will produce a lot of liquid that will cook down. Add water as needed to prevent burning, but only use what is necessary so your pot liquor won't be watered down.
  • Cook time will vary but usually about 3 hours The flavor of collards is much better if you can cook for about 6 hours.