Miss Kardea Brown's Collard Greens, as seen on the Food Networks, Delicious Miss Brown, Season 5.
Recipe courtesy of Kardea Brown

Southern Collard Greens with Smoked Turkey Leg and Roasted Garlic

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 2 hr 40 min
  • Active: 30 min
  • Yield: 6 to 8 servings
Collard greens are found in every Southern household. I want to keep that tradition alive, but let's freshen and quicken it up! My pop of sweet roasted garlic brings added flavor to any table.



  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Place the garlic on a 6-by-6-inch piece of foil, drizzle with 1 tablespoon olive oil and sprinkle with a pinch of salt. Wrap the garlic in the foil and roast until the garlic is softened and fragrant, about 45 minutes. Set aside until ready to use.  
  3. Add the butter and the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil to a large Dutch oven over medium heat. Cook until the butter is melted. Add the onions, season with salt and cook until translucent, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the turkey leg and cook until browned, 2 to 3 minutes. Pour in the stock, add a few grinds black pepper and bring to a simmer, about 5 minutes.  
  4. Once simmering, add the collard greens to the Dutch oven, stirring to rotate the greens from the bottom to the top. Add 2 cups of water, leaving the collards fully submerged. Cover and cook until the liquid has almost completely evaporated and the turkey leg is tender, 1 hour to 1 hour 30 minutes. Add water if needed to keep the collards simmering. 
  5. Lower the heat, remove the turkey leg and set aside to cool slightly. Stir in the hot sauce and honey. Remove the garlic from the foil and squeeze the roasted garlic from the skins over the collards. Use a fork to shred the meat from the turkey leg; return the meat and skin to the collards. Season with salt and pepper to taste and remove from the heat. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the collards to a serving dish and serve immediately with your favorite hot sauce if desired.