← Back to Search Results
braising Soul Food, Southern
Gina’s Collard Greens Recipe-12062

Photo by: Joseph De Leo
Comments: 0
 

Recipe

Gina: I’m always surprised to discover that folks in these parts tend to cook turnip and mustard greens more often than collard greens. I think the perception is that collards tend to be a little bitter. But I gotta tell you, you’re sleeping on this one! Rich in vitamins and nutrients, collard greens are actually the sweetest, best-tasting leaves you can buy (turnip and mustard greens, on the other hand, have a slightly spicy, peppery taste). In this recipe, the deep, full flavor of the collard greens along with a bit of sugar and some heat from the red-pepper flakes create an irresistible sweet-and-hot pot of goodness, while the ham hocks add a note of smoke that balances out the other flavors. Pat can’t get enough of these sweet greens. Trust me on this one, ladies--this is the recipe that’ll bring your man home every night!

Five bunches of collards might seem like a lot of greens, but these jokers will cook down to a fraction of their original size.

Yield: Serves 6 to 8

Ingredients

  • 5 bunches collard greens (about 3 pounds)
  • 3 ham hocks
  • ¼ cup salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1½ teaspoons crushed red-pepper flakes

Directions

Using your hands, pull the leaves from the thick collard greens stems, and discard the stems. Roll the leaves lengthwise into a cigar shape, and cut crosswise into large pieces. Fill a clean sink or a large pot with plenty of cold water, and rinse the greens in the water, allowing any dirt or grit to sink to the bottom (repeat several times with fresh water, if necessary). Lift the greens out of the water, and set aside in a colander to drain.

Heat the ham hocks, salt, and 3 cups water in a large pot over medium-high heat. Bring the water to a boil, reduce the heat to low, and simmer until the ham hocks are slightly tender, about 30 minutes. Add the greens, sugar, and red-pepper flakes to the pot, stirring to combine. Cover the pot, and continue cooking over low heat, stirring occasionally, until the greens are tender, about 45 minutes. If the pot gets too dry, add more water as necessary to keep the greens moist (you’ll want to serve the greens with a generous amount of the flavorful cooking liquid).


© 2009 Patrick Neely and Gina Neely
 

Nutritional Information

Nutrients per serving (% daily value)

This recipe serves 8.

218kcal (11%)
504mg (21%)
51g
6g
1g (2%)
0g
0g (1%)
0g
0g
2mg (1%)
42g
5g
15mg
297mg
559mcg RAE (19%)
59mg (99%)
245mg (24%)
0mg (2%)
 

Would you like to leave a comment about this recipe?

Notify me of new comments on this recipe. Add comment

We'd love to hear what you think!

Please or to add a comment to this recipe.
 

Sign up for
The Cookstr Weekly

Free handpicked cookbook recipes delivered straight to your inbox

Explore Cookbooks on Cookstr

martin-yans-china Martin Yan's China
by Martin Yan
125-best-cupcake-recipes 125 Best Cupcake Recipes
by Julie Hasson
daves-dinners-a-fresh-approach-to-home-cooked-meals Dave's Dinners: A Fresh App...
by Dave Lieberman
in-the-kitchen-with-david In the Kitchen with David
by David Venable
salmon-a-cookbook Salmon: A Cookbook
by Diane Morgan
good-to-the-grain Good to the Grain
by Kim Boyce
down-home-with-the-neelys-a-southern-family-cookbook Down Home with the Neelys: ...
by Gina Neely, Pat Neely
the-provence-cookbook The Provence Cookbook
by Patricia Wells
big-fat-cookies Big Fat Cookies
by Elinor Klivans
arthur-schwartzs-new-york-city-food Arthur Schwartz's New York ...
by Arthur Schwartz
a-bakers-odyssey A Baker's Odyssey
by Andrew Schloss
food-to-live-by Food to Live By
by Myra Goodman
urban-italian-simple-recipes-and-true-stories-from-a-life-in-food Urban Italian: Simple Recip...
by Andrew Carmellini
baked-new-frontiers-in-baking Baked: New Frontiers in Baking
by Matt Lewis, Renato Poliafito
parents-need-to-eat-too Parents Need to Eat Too
by Debbie Koenig
fresh-from-the-market Fresh from the Market
by Laurent Tourondel
usa-cookbook U.S.A. Cookbook
by Sheila Lukins
Close_overlay

Thanks for signing up!

You'll receive an activation email in your inbox shortly. Don't forget to click that link and activate your new Cookstr.com account!

Already a member? Sign in here
Close_overlay

Sign up for Cookstr!

  • Receive a free, handpicked selection of recipes in your inbox weekly
  • Save, share and comment on your favorite recipes in My Cookstr
  • Get updates on new cookbooks, Cookstr features, and other exclusives we know you'll love
Spinner
By signing up you accept the
Terms of Use and Privacy Policy
New to Cookstr? Sign up here
Close_overlay
close
Thanks for commenting!
Would you like to share your comment on Facebook or Twitter?