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Southern-Style Collard Greens

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.

Prep time: 15 min | Total time: 45 min | 4 Servings


2 Tbsp

pork fat or olive oil


smoked ham hock (about 9 oz)

1 cup

finely diced Earthbound Farm Organic Yellow Onion

¼ tsp

red pepper flakes (or to taste)

4 clove

Earthbound Farm Organic Garlic (large cloves, finely minced)

2 bunch

Earthbound Farm Organic Collard Greens (stems removed, leaves cut into 1/2-inch wide strips)

4 cup

chicken stock

1 Tbsp

light brown sugar

1 Tbsp

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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