Gina's Best Collard Greens

Total Time:
2 hr 15 min
Prep:
15 min
Cook:
2 hr

Yield:
8 to 10 servings
Level:
Intermediate

Ingredients
  • 5 bundles collard greens
  • 4 cups salted water
  • 3 large smoked ham hocks
  • 1 cup sugar
  • Salt
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
Directions

Thoroughly wash collard greens. Be sure to pull leaves apart and remove any sand. Chop collard greens.

In a medium saucepan, bring 4 cups of salted water to a simmer. Place smoked ham hocks in salted water and cover for about 90 minutes. Cook ham hocks until slightly tender. In the same saucepan, add remaining ingredients and collard greens.

Cover and cook greens for 1 to 1 1/2 hours.

*Cook's Note: Make sure at least half of ham hocks are covered with water. If not, add additional water.


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Can't imagine why sugar would be necessary in this dish. If you treat sugar like a spice, then you might add a tablespoon for flavor but otherwise it isn't necessary. I never put it in my greens. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I got soooo many compliments on my greens. This is the first time I've experimented with ham hocks and I'll never go back to turkey necks item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was yuuuuummmy! Some must have modifications: Used turkey necks/wings (we don't eat red meat) and the first time i followed recipe as is and it was way too sweet so second time only put like 1/3 sugar. Also used chicken stock instead of water and seasoned it with a generous amount of chicken bouillon powder (about a cup). Once turkey had simmered for hour and half, added maybe half cup vinegar, 1/2 cup more bouillon, red pepper flakes, season all, and the collards… DEEELICIOUS! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Absolutely delicious. After reading review I cut down a bit on the sugar to 1/3 C. (just my preference) added 1/4 C. apple cider vinegar and 2 T. pepper flakes. Turned out great. Thanks for sharing. item not reviewed by moderator and published
THE BEST!!!! I've always been a little afraid of "Collard Green" because we grew up on Turnip, Mustard, with a little spinach in my family but I wanted to try something different. After all I believe that's the point of cooking, exploring and being creative and open to new things. I just want to say Thank You to Pat & Gina, not only does your love and playfulness remind me of my parents but your food does as well!!! Once again Thank You Thank You Thank You!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I decided to give this recipe a try and was not to thrilled with it. The 1 cup of sugar just made the greens sweet and that's not how I grew up eating them. I think I'll just go with my grandmothers recipe since that's never failed me. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Love this dish! It is my signature dish for Thanksgiving and I get special requests throughout the year to make it for friends. It's so simple with 5 ingredients and cheap to make; I spend less than $10 for the ham hocks and collard greens. THANK YOU FOR MAKING THIS RECIPE!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
They were delicious!! My husband and I loved them - I did take the advice of some of the other viewers and decided to only add a 1/2 cup of sugar and I added some garlic powder. And, I had to add my hot sauce after I put them on my plate. Love you Pat and Gina. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I loved it! I had never cooked collards. This was my first attempt and it came out excellent. I did alter the recipe a little by using pork jowl bacon, but it still worked. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Loved it! I cut the sugar out for the Diabetics in the family. item not reviewed by moderator and published

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