Smoky Turnip Greens are loaded with savory flavor. They are well seasoned with smoked ham hocks (or use smoked turkey wings). Serve as a side dish or light meal.
The pictured dutch oven in which I cooked the turnip greens provided by Lodge Manufacturing.
Turnip greens are a great of calcium, fiber, vitamin A (in the form of beta-carotene), and vitamin C. Often used in salads, sandwiches, and wraps. Superb braised, boiled, or sautéed. Also good in salads.
Super Fit Greens (pictured) or fresh bunches of turnip greens are excellent for this recipe. Not a paid endorsement. Just a friendly mention.
I wash fresh and packaged vegetables before cooking or using in salads. It’s a personal thing. 🙂
Turnip greens taste very bitter to some individuals, while others love how they taste. In fact, an elderly cousin LOVES bitter turnip greens.
To remove bitterness, this recipe calls for two teaspoons of sugar (or sugar substitute). Simply taste a sample of cooked turnips. If bitter, sprinkle with sugar and boil a little longer. Voila!
I freeze smoked ham hocks until ready to use which explains the frost. My favorite brand is Royal Foods.
Smoked ham hocks are used to season greens, beans, and peas. Learn more about them in my recipe for Smoky Collard Greens.
A little Liquid Smoke adds scrumptious smoky flavor. I use the Wright’s brand because it’s made with water and natural hickory smoke concentrate. No preservatives.
Thoroughly cooked smoked ham hocks are tender enough to tear apart. The turnip greens are tender, savory, and an appetizing dark green. The flavor is splendid.
Prepared this recipe in my pretty blue dutch oven provided by Lodge Manufacturing. It is excellent for cooking and baking. The products mentioned are personal favorites. None are paid endorsements.
How To Read & Follow A Recipe
Reading a recipe is an important life skill. It starts with knowing how to read a recipe’s ingredients, follow the instructions, prep ingredients, and knowing what equipment to use.
The following tips and strategies will help beginners or experienced cooks create a delicious dish as intended in the recipe.
Start with clean hands and organized kitchen. Wash hands thoroughly. Make sure kitchen and countertops are clean before making a recipe.
Create a relaxing environment. Play favorite music while in the kitchen. I love listening to classical or gospel music.
Read the recipe. Don’t just quickly skim it. Thoroughly read from start to finish. Visualize doing each step which will help you avoid missing a step.
If you see ingredient that you and your family don’t use for whatever reason, use a substitutions or omit the ingredient.
My recipes are packed with helpful tips like shortcuts and serving sizes which save time time and help with meal planning.
Pay attention to the order in which ingredients are prepped. For example, 1 cup of chopped pecans is not the same as pecans, chopped (measure whole pecans and then chop).
Know the assumptions. For example, when my recipe calls for “sugar,” use granulated sugar. If brown sugar is an ingredient, it will be written as such in the recipe.
Figure out the timing. Check the listed “prep time” and “total time” to be sure you have enough time to complete the recipe.
Look for hints, such as the words “meanwhile” or “at the same time,” which indicate two or more steps can happen simultaneously.
For example, my prep time doesn’t include bringing cold butter up to room temperature. Be sure to include in your timetable.
Watch Recipe Videos. If you’re a visual learner (like me), watch recipe videos. Perfect for when you’re learning a new skill or just want to see how a recipe is made.
Mise en place is a super time saver. This French cooking term translates as “putting in place.” It means prepping/measuring ingredients and chopping food before you start cooking. It’s the perfect way to get organized and avoid missing an ingredient or missing a step in the instructions.
Organize your tools and kitchen equipment. Mise en place isn’t just for ingredients. Before starting, make sure you have parchment paper, aluminum foil, measuring cups, measuring spoons, the right pans, mixing bowls, and other equipment.
Make notes in your recipe. Note any special prep instructions and highlight cooking times. Make note of ingredients omitted, favorite substitutions and creative twists. The notes will be very helpful the next time you make this recipe.