EDITOR’S NOTE (October 31, 2019): Revised instructions for clarity. This recipe calls for fresh bunches of collards. It’s a variation of my recipe for Smoky Collard Greens.
Well seasoned collard greens cooked with smoked ham hocks are filling and delicious! This classic southern side dish and crusty cornbread makes a delicious mini-meal.
Collard greens are a member of the Brassica family. Closely related to kale and mustard greens. Peak season is January through April.
Many believe eating collards on New Year’s Day will attract “paper money” all year. Personally, I believe sincere prayers will attract prosperity all year.
Chopped stalks cooked with collards add flavor and texture . A little sugar gets rid of bitterness.
Although smoked ham hocks aren’t photogenic, they are very tasty. Royal Foods is my favorite brand. Affordable and delicious. This is a friendly mention. Not a paid endorsement.
What are ham hocks? I like Wikipedia’s definition: “Ham hock (or hough) or pork knuckle is the joint between the tibia/fibula and the metatarsals of the foot of a pig, where the foot was attached to the hog’s leg. It is the portion of the leg that is neither part of the ham proper nor the ankle or foot (trotter), but rather the extreme shank end of the leg bone.”