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Smoky Collard Greens
Smoky Collard Greens are loaded with delicious smoky flavor.  Serve as a side or main dish. Easy to make with a few ingredients. Serve as a side or main dish.  Recipe and photography by Beverly Davis for CornbreadMillionaire.com.
Smoked Collard Greens (Ham Bone)
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American, southern
Keyword collards
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American, southern
Keyword collards
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Smoked Collard Greens (Ham Bone)
Instructions
  1. Remove leaves from thick stalk if using collards fresh from the garden. Discard stalk.
  2. Remove thick end of stalk from each leaf. This step is optional because the stalks are tasty and add texture.
  3. Thoroughly wash collard leaves in a sink filled with hot water and 1/2 cup of salt. This will remove debris, large and small insects.
  4. Rinse in warm water, Repeat 3 times!!
  5. WASH & RINSE 3 times!!!
  6. Stack rinsed leaves. Roll and cut into bite-sized pieces.
  7. In a large saucepan, add collard greens, smoked ham hocks or one smoked ham bone (or preferred meat).
  8. Sprinkle sugar, salt and coarse ground black pepper over the top.
  9. Cover with water. Stir until well combined.
  10. Cover with lid and simmer over medium heat for 25 minutes.
  11. Stir in Liquid Smoke. Cover with lid and continue simmering 10 minutes OR until desired tenderness.
  12. If water drops low before collards are done, cover with more fresh water. Continue simmering until done.
  13. When collards are done, remove from heat and stir in 3 tablespoons of Cajun Hot Sauce (optional).
  14. Serve hot or warm.
  15. NOTE: For extra flavor, place cooked collard greens in a zippered bag or container with an airtight lid. Refrigerate overnight.  They will marinate in the seasonings and taste even better the next day.