Southern-Style Collard Greens

Prep Time: 15m | Cook Time: 45m | Total Time: 1h | Serves

Greens are a humble dish, yet you might be surprised at just how delicious they really are. The ham hock imparts a rich, smoky flavor to the earthy collards; reducing the pan juices (the “pot liquor”) creates a flavorful glaze for the cooked greens.

Serve alongside hearty roast meats for a nutritious and satisfying side dish.


2 tablespoons pork fat or olive oil
1 smoked ham hock (about 9 oz)
1 cup finely diced Earthbound Farm Organic Yellow Onion
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (or to taste)
4 cloves Earthbound Farm Organic Garlic (large cloves, finely minced)
2 bunches Earthbound Farm Organic Collard Greens (stems removed, leaves cut into 1/2-inch wide strips)
4 cups chicken stock
1 tablespoon light brown sugar
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice


Place the fat in a large saucepan set over medium heat. Add the ham hock, onion and red pepper flakes; cook, stirring frequently, until the onion is softened, about 10 minutes. Add the garlic and cook another 2 minutes, stirring frequently.

Add the collard greens and the chicken stock, cover the pan and bring to a simmer. Cook until the collards are tender, 20 to 25 minutes.

Transfer the greens with tongs to a heated serving bowl; cover with a plate or foil to keep warm. Add the sugar and lemon juice to the stock remaining in the pan and raise the heat to medium-high. Reduce the liquid to about 1/2 cup. Pour the reduced juices over the collard greens and serve immediately.

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