I don’t know anyone who does not like a plate of greens with some hot buttermilk or crackling cornbread, macaroni and cheese, candied yams, and good southern meat. I love them, and my favorite greens are turnips!
2 bunches of turnip greens
2 bunches of collard greens
1 bunch of mustard greens
1 rutabaga (if you do not have turnips on the end of your turnip greens)
1 smoked ham hock
6 slices of bacon
1 sweet yellow onion
1 can of Hunts diced basil, garlic, and oregano diced tomatoes (drained)
1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning mix
Salt and Pepper to Taste
You can cook this on the stove in a pot or in the crock pot (I prefer the crock pot).
- Chop and wash your greens thoroughly before cooking
- Placed your chopped greens into a sink of cold water and let it set for 15 minutes or more
- Without stirring the water, left the greens out of the sink and set aside
- Rinse and clean away the dirt from the greens out of the sink, and run another sink of clean water
- Soak the greens in clean water again (repeat this process until you are satisfied that your greens are clean)
- While they are in the last soak for cleaning, you can get your other ingredients ready.
- Fry your bacon, once ready, dice (not crumble) and set aside
- Peel, wash, and dice your turnips or rutabaga
- Wash your smoked ham hock
- Chop your onion
NOW, THIS IS THE WAY I STACK THE INGREDIENTS IN MY CROCK POT!
- Add just enough water to fill 1/3 of the crop pot
- Place the smoked ham hock in the bottom of the crock pot
- Place your greens into the crock pot, next
- Sprinkle your seasonings in over the greens (1/2 teaspoon of Italian seasoning mix, salt, pepper)
- Next, dump your diced turnips or rutabaga, chopped onion, drained tomatoes into the crock pot
- Sprinkle your bacon over the top and pour in the bacon grease.
- Put the top on tight and let the aroma fill the house.
COOK ON HIGH FOR 4 HOURS
- ** After two hours, and the greens have cooked down some, I stir all of my ingredients in the crock pot.
- ** I also, if the ham hock is tender enough, take the ham hock out and pull the meat off of the bone and chop it into chunks – and stir it all (bone included) back into the greens.
- ** I also check my ‘pot likker’ level to see if I need to add more water.
- Place the top back on and let them finish cooking.
- You want to let them cook until they are at your desired texture.
I eat my greens sprinkled with Hot Pepper Sauce!
Easy Cooking, Italian Style Mixed Greens ~~~ Yvonne James | http://www.yvonnejames.com