Collard Greens

Total Time:
2 hr 20 min
Prep:
20 min
Cook:
2 hr

Yield:
4 to 6 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 1/2 pound smoked meat ( ham hocks, smoked turkey wings, or smoked neck bones)
  • 1 tablespoon House seasoning, recipe follows
  • 1 tablespoon seasoned salt
  • 1 tablespoon hot red pepper sauce
  • 1 large bunch collard greens
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • House Seasoning:
  • 1 cup salt
  • 1/4 cup black pepper
  • 1/4 cup garlic powder
Directions

In a large pot, bring 3 quarts of water to a boil and add smoked meat, house seasoning, seasoned salt and hot sauce. Reduce heat to medium and cook for 1 hour.

Wash the collard greens thoroughly. Remove the stems that run down the center by holding the leaf in your left hand and stripping the leaf down with your right hand. The tender young leaves in the heart of the collards don't need to be stripped. Stack 6 to 8 leaves on top of one another, roll up, and slice into 1/2 to 1-ince thick slices. Place greens in pot with meat and add butter. Cook for 45 to 60 minutes, stirring occasionally. When done taste and adjust seasoning.

Serve with favorite dish as a side.

House Seasoning:

Mix ingredients together and store in an airtight container for up to 6 months.


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I loved this! So delicious, easy, and were a big hit with the family. I will always use this as my go-to recipe for collards. Definitely not over-salty as some reviewers have said. But if you're worried about it, just do your seasonings to-taste. Overall this is a great recipe! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I followed this recipe exactly-1 tablespoon of house seasoning, 1 tablespoon of seasoned salt. They were so salty they were inedible. Absolutely horrible recipe-complete waste of time, food and money! item not reviewed by moderator and published
These directions was easy to follow. Only thing I wish it had said was... Collards do NOT need a lot of water. If your greens are drowning in water (I am recipe illiterate so for those who are, this means after your meat has cooked down don't add too much water to the greens. Add just enough.) I messed up and had to drain water which made me have to re-season. Other than, this was a great southern recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is precisely why Paula Deen is the best! item not reviewed by moderator and published
My god, people, it's simple: the house seasoning is a 4:1:1 ratio. If you don't need to make a huge amount, use 2 teaspoons salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder. Grade school math! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have cooked this dish and it came out fine, the comments about the salt are unfounded. The directions are simple and easy to understand and clearly all the salt that is to be added is with-in the one tablespoon of house seasoning (directions on how to make the house seasoning are given). Not sure why anyone would consider this recipe difficult or wonder why there are instructions for a cup and a half of house seasoning (a seasoning that is used in the house often). Recommend to anyone who had a problem to slow down and chalk this one up to a learning experience on how to read recipes. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The recipe is confusing, it sounds like you are supposed to put all the house seasoning when its really just a tablespoon. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I do not know how this recipe got a five star. Because of how poorly it is written people think that you have to put all of the salt into the dish when in fact if you do it will ruin the dish to a point where it is not edible. Not to mention that ham and turkey do not even compliment this dish you would be better off using bacon. This recipe is a 2 star at most and if i were you i would find another recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Good, but slightly salty. Then again, most standard American recipes use too much sodium imho. Plus, I would have preferred this recipe just tell us how much salt, pepper, and garlic powder we needed rather than make this "house seasoning" which is now sitting in my cupboard taking up too much space :P I know that's slightly nit-picky, but thank God for the internet where I can freely share my nit-pickings :D item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is an extremely poorly written recipe. First, it sounds like you are supposed to use a cup of salt, 1/2 cup pepper, and 1/2 cup garlic powder. Anyone able to decrypt the actual recipe would still be left scratching their head asking "Why would I make 2 cups of House Seasoning if I am only going to use 1 tablespoon?" item not reviewed by moderator and published
Yes it is a little more than needed, I would say add 2/3rds of the recipe. Then again you can reduce the amount of liquid by boiling longer and get to the point you desire... I think it is pretty darn good myself after reducing the liquid portion though item not reviewed by moderator and published
LOL I understand exactly what you are saying... Others maybe flunked GS math or have forgotten it LOL... If they can not use it, then use your favorite search engine to find measurement conversions as there are plenty of aid out there ;) item not reviewed by moderator and published
It makes perfect sense; you just need to read the entire thing before jumping in half-cocked. item not reviewed by moderator and published
No one that knows how to read a recipe would thing you should add the entire amount of house seasoning; even if you didn't, alarms should be going off in your head if you know anything about cooking; not every recipe is cooking for beginners. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is perfect and amazing if you got past the first grade. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Because you can save it for other things... To get the right mixture, you have to make so much and only use some of it... At least that's what I think.. item not reviewed by moderator and published
You can do the math and reduce the amount you make. Come on now. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The ratio is 1 : 1/4 : 1/4. for the recipe you could do 2 tsp salt and a 1/4 tsp each of the pepper and garlic powder. I agree Jeffrey. Just do the math. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Sorry should be 2 salt and 1/2 tsp of pepper and garlic powder. item not reviewed by moderator and published

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