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Southern Collard Greens
  • Collards
  • Vegetables
Serves:   6
(serving size: 1/2 cup)

  • Prep Time:   5 minutes
  • Cook Time:   3 hours
  • Total Time:   3 hours 5 minutes


1 1/2 quarts water

1 1/2 pounds ham hocks
4 pounds collard greens, rinsed and trimmed
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
1/4 cup vegetable oil
salt and pepper to taste


Prepare the Collard Greens by rinsing and stripping the leaf from the stem. 

Place the water and the ham hock in a large pot with a tight-fitting lid. Bring to a boil. Lower the heat to very low and simmer covered for 30 minutes.

Add the collards and the hot pepper flakes the pot. Simmer covered for about 2 hours, stirring occasionally.

Add the vegetable oil and simmer covered for 30 minutes.

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