Easy Cooking, “Italian Seasoned Mixed Greens”

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!

INGREDIENTS:

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

COOKING DIRECTIONS: 

You can cook this on the stove in a pot or in the crock pot (I prefer the crock pot).

  1. 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)
  2. While they are in the last soak for cleaning, you can get your other ingredients ready.
  3. Fry your bacon, once ready, dice (not crumble) and set aside
  4. Peel, wash, and dice your turnips or rutabaga
  5. Wash your smoked ham hock
  6. 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.

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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!

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Easy Cooking,  Italian Style Mixed Greens ~~~ Yvonne James | http://www.yvonnejames.com

 

 

 

 

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