Down-Home Collard Greens


Down-Home Collard Greens

9 Hr

Our slow cooker version of Down-Home Collard Greens are an old-time southern classic, that knows no boundaries. Enjoy as a flavorful go-along with any of your favorite main dishes. We love this one with crispy southern fried chicken!

What You'll Need

  • 1 meaty smoked ham hock, rinsed
  • 1 large carrot, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cup frozen chopped onion
  • 1 (1-pound) package chopped fresh collard greens, tough stems removed
  • 1 teaspoon prepared roasted minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 (14-ounce) cans seasoned chicken broth with roasted garlic
  • 2 3/4 cups water

What to Do

  1. Place ham hock, carrot, and onion in a 6-quart oval slow cooker. Add collard greens. Sprinkle greens with garlic, crushed red pepper, and black pepper.
  2. Pour broth and water over collard greens, pressing greens down into liquid as much as possible with a large spoon.
  3. Cover and cook on LOW setting 9 hours. Remove greens to a serving dish with a slotted spoon or tongs. Remove meat from ham hock, discarding fat and bones; chop meat. Add to greens, tossing lightly to evenly distribute meat in greens. Ladle desired amount of pot liquor over greens.



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Heaven on a plate. I once worked with a wonderful southern lady who brought collards in to work one day for lunch. The aroma was intoxicating so I asked if I could have a small taste. The next day she brought me a big bowl of greens and corn bread and the recipe for both along with a bag of collards from her yard. I was so taken with this beautiful gesture. When I make these now I always remember Icelend. ( her name) I smile and remember her fondly. She is with God now but she is never forgotten.

would I be able to cook this in my crock pot

can I cook this in my crock pot

I guess I'm a purist on this one! I'm from the south and collards are a staple in my home. Adding garlic, carrots and onion to the greens seem foreign to me. I've added onion on occasion and found I like it spinkled on top after plated. I do love the ideas shared on this site though and will reconsider trying it differently!

I had the same reaction as ALP's ! Garlic is good with Collard greens, but it certainly wasn't used by my grandmothers, neither were carrots or onions. When I read " garlic seasoned chicken broth" I laughed out loud. Greens, pork fat and salt were all that went into traditional collard cooking. Having said that, the new recipe sounds tasty and I'll definitely try it. K.

I add red pepper flakes, a little vinegar & a tiny bit of sugar. No carrots, garlic or onion.

Lovin me some greens!

greens, ham hocks, and onions oh my!! throw some blackeyed peas on side you've got dinner for royalty!!

This is MUCH better with fresh chopped onion. Frozen onion has either no taste or bitter taste. And really, how long does it take to chop an onion?


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