Gina's Best Collard Greens

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 2 hr 15 min
  • Prep: 15 min
  • Cook: 2 hr
  • Yield: 8 to 10 servings
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5 bundles collard greens

4 cups salted water

3 large smoked ham hocks

1 cup sugar


1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes


  1. Thoroughly wash collard greens. Be sure to pull leaves apart and remove any sand. Chop collard greens.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.