When I tell you, these are the best Southern collard greens. It’s the truth. They are bathed in just the right amount of flavor to leave you wanting to cook this recipe every chance you can. You can serve these delicious collard greens with honey cornbread, rice, and fried chicken.
How to clean collard greens?
When I was younger, I dreaded cleaning the collard greens. My mom would buy the most beautiful bunch of collard greens. I definitely had a love-hate relationship with them because of that cleaning. lol. I am happy I learned so I can teach you all. The only thing you will need to do is run a sink full of lukewarm water and then submerge your collard greens into the water. Next, you will need to grab some baking soda (1-2 cups) and sprinkle it all over the collard greens along with ½ cup of white vinegar. This will help clean and tenderize the collard greens. So, you can use your hands and rub the collard greens until the greens no longer look dusty. You can also clean with a rag.
How to cut collard greens?
I cut the stem out of my collard green but it’s completely up to you. The stem is definitely hard, so it will make your greens take a lot longer to cook so I would suggest cutting the stem from the middle. I then place about 7 to 8 collard green together and roll them all together and begin to cut them up to the desired size.
What meat to put in collard greens?
I always go for the smoked ham hock. I use about 3, 6 ounces, or if I don’t have that I will go with smoked pork neck bones. It’s really completely up to you! Also, I sometimes add bacon if desired.
How to cook collard greens?
The first thing you would need to do is in a stockpot add in your chicken broth along with your chopped sweet onions, ham hocks, black pepper, salt, garlic powder, and, apple cider vinegar. Once you have done that bring the pot to a boil and let cook until ham hocks are tender. Once you have done this add in your collard green and the remaining seasonings you have left. Place the lid on and turn to medium. Let simmer for about 1 hour and 45 minutes or until tender. If you want a crunchier taste to let cook for about 45 minutes.
Well, until next time folks!
The best Southern collard greens
- 1 pound collard greens fresh
- 1/2 cup sweet onions chopped
- 2 smoked ham hocks
- 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 1 tbsp pepper to your liking
- 1/2 tbsp salt to your liking
- 48 ounce chicken broth
- 2 tbsp granulated sugar
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- In a stockpot add in your chicken broth along with your chopped sweet onions, ham hocks, black pepper, salt, garlic powder, and apple cider vinegar. Make sure you only use half of everything because you will use the rest later.
- Once you have done that bring the pot to a boil and let cook until ham hocks are tender
- Once you have done this add in your collard green and the remaining seasonings you have left along with your sugar
- Place the lid on and turn to medium. Let simmer for about 1 hour and 45 minutes or until tender. If you want a crunchier taste to let cook for about 45 minutes.