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Grandma’s Collard Greens

Total Time

Prep: 30 min. Cook: 2 hours

Makes

6 servings

My grandmother made the best collard greens recipe in the world. Eating them with a slice of buttermilk cornbread is pure bliss. —Sherri Williams, Crestview, Florida

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons lard or shortening, divided
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1-1/2 pounds smoked ham hocks
  • 6 cups water
  • 2 teaspoons seasoned salt
  • 1 to 3 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 large bunch collard greens (about 2 pounds), coarsely chopped
  • 1-1/2 cups white wine

Directions

  1. In a 6-qt. stockpot, heat 1 tablespoon lard over medium heat. Add onion and garlic; cook and stir until tender. Add ham hocks, water, seasoned salt, pepper flakes, and sugar. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, until meat is tender, 55-60 minutes.
  2. Add collard greens, wine, and remaining 1 Tbsp. lard. Return to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, until greens are very tender, 55-60 minutes. Remove meat from bones; finely chop and return to pan. Discard bones. Serve with a slotted spoon.

Nutrition Facts

1 cup: 204 calories, 9g fat (3g saturated fat), 19mg cholesterol, 849mg sodium, 13g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 7g fiber), 10g protein.