These slow-cooked greens are the epitome of southern comfort food. A simple recipe that fills your kitchen with wonderful smells of anticipation for hours. Make them for a meal by themselves, or with your favorite barbecue. If you've never had collard greens before, one bite of these will make you wonder where they've been all your life. —justrealfoods
What You'll Need
collard greens, washed and stems removed
slices of bacon, diced
small onion, diced
smoked ham hocks (2-3 lbs total)
cloves of garlic, minced
organic chicken stock
apple cider vinegar
Tear collard green leaves in half (lengthwise) and layer in a small stacks. Roll each stack lengthwise and cut the roll into 1-inch sections. Set aside.
In a 8-quart stockpot over medium heat, render bacon until brown and just turning crispy. Add onion and sweat, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and ham hocks and cook another minute.
Add prepared greens to the pot and saute until they start to wilt; about 5-7 minutes.
Add remaining ingredients to the pot, stir and bring to a boil. Cover, turn heat to low and simmer for 3 hours or until the greens are very tender.
Remove ham hocks from the pot. When cool enough to handle, separate the meat from the bones, chop and return the meat to pot, stirring to incorporate. Serve and enjoy.