Recipes For My Boys: Greens

Thursday, November 24, 2011


With cooler weather come Greens!  I just love a big ole pot of greens, but no collards for me please,  that have been simmered with ham seasoning.  reid  I see someone was on my blog.... <3  I like to cook them while in season and put in freezer bags for later in the year.

A standby side dish, or just eaten as a meal with Corn Bread and's a Southern favorite.  I have to admit, I hated them as a youngun and didn't acquire a taste for them until I was in my late 20's.  My boys don't like them now but I am certain, when they get older, they will like them, too.


2 lb bag or, as us Southerners say...A Mess, of Greens.  Mustard, my favorite, Turnip or Collards.....Washed and stemmed. 
1/4 lb Ham, bacon, hog jowl, salt pork (if using, reduce salt) get the idea
OR......3-6 tablespoons bacon grease
salt and pepper to taste
hot sauce and vinegar, for those that like it with their greens


If using them fresh out of the garden or in bundles, A Mess, you will need to wash, wash, and wash them in the sink to remove any dirt.
You will also need to stem the greens by folding in half lengthwise, hold the leafy part and pull the stem off of it.  The biggest part of it will come off, discard as this is tough.
Tear into pieces.
Put 6-12 cups of water in stock pot or 1/3 to 1/2 of your pot full.
Add seasoning.
Bring to boil.
Boil for 30 minutes., until tender.  I usually cook them for hours.
 Add greens.  
Your pot will be full but they will shrink down by at least half.

Cook until tender.
Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Have hot sauce, hot pepper sauce and/or vinegar available for those that like to add it to their greens. 
Cornbread or Hoecakes are a must!
Enjoy!  <3 and HUGs!

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