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Southern Collard Greens

Southern Collard Greens Recipe


  • 1 1/2 quarts water
  • 1 1/2 pounds ham hocks
  • 4 pounds collard greens, rinsed and trimmed
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Place the water and the ham hock in a large pot with a tight-fitting lid.
  2. Bring to a boil. Lower the heat to very low and simmer covered for 30 minutes.
  3. Add the collards and the hot pepper flakes the pot. Simmer covered for about 2 hours, stirring occasionally.
  4. Add the vegetable oil and simmer covered for 30 minutes.

These collard greens have become a Southern tradition.

Photo credit: Steven Depolo. CC BY

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