Best Yet Collard Greens

I’ve been playing more with greens lately. A few weeks ago I tried an updated version of greens cooked in chicken broth, which was quite good. Last night I went for the older style of cooking with some form of ham, from Mama Dip’s Kitchen. I’ve really liked a lot of the recipes in here. I can’t see that there is really that much fat in this method frankly, and probably less salt than all that bouillon.

The original recipe called for chopped ham. I had some salt pork in the freezer, so I used that, cutting a piece into some big chunks. The original recipe called for 3 pounds of collard greens to serve 6-8 people; I used a 1 pound bag for the 3 of us and had some left over.

2 Tbs oil
1 chunk of salt pork, maybe 2″ long
1 quart hot water
2 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
1-3 pounds collard greens

Heat the oil and cook the salt pork for 10 minutes or so, until a bit crispy. The original recipe called for 1 cup of chopped ham so you could use that as well. Add the hot water and bring to a boil, then simmer 10 minutes to make a quick broth. Add the salt, sugar, and collard greens, bring back to a boil, then lower to a simmer, stirring now and then. Cook at a slow simmer for about 45 minutes. Add the ham back in if you want. I fed the salt pork to the dog, who thought she’d hit the jackpot.



  1. […] Collard greens – Cooked with a chunk of salt pork so not for vegetarians. These days with a vegetarian in the family I try to make all my side dishes vegetarian, but this was quite good! […]