Editor's Recipe: Our Best Collard Greens with Ham Hocks


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Our Best Collard Greens with Ham Hocks

Although I do love spinach, I have never enjoyed collard greens, mustard greens or the like.  Actually, I could easily say I HATE them!  After making these fresh greens (collard - with some special ingredients for flavoring), I was quite surprised.  They are delicious!!!  They weren't bitter or yucky at all, in fact, they were actually good!  If you're looking for a new recipe I hope you'll try it, it's very good and very frugal! :o)

Ingredients:

3 bunches of fresh collard greens (or other greens if desired), rinsed well in large bowl or sink of water
2 medium-large ham hocks, cut in half, for flavoring
6 c. chicken stock (you can also use broth, 1 chicken bouillon dissolved in 1 c. water, or a combination of all to equal 6 cups, whatever you have on hand)
1 Vidalia (sweet) onion, chopped
2 T. brown sugar
2 T. vinegar
Sea salt, as desired
Hot sauce, dash, or more if desired

Directions:

Place ham hocks in large stock pot with chopped onions and brown lightly, it's good to also add a little olive oil or shortening.  Add chicken stock and chopped greens (roll leaves together and cut into 1" strips, then cut in half). Cook over med-low heat for about 30 minutes, or until greens have wilted down. Then add brown sugar, vinegar, salt and hot sauce as desired.  Simmer until ready to serve.

As I said, I don't like greens but these are GOOD! :o)

Submitted by Michelle Jones
http://www.frugalfamilyrecipes.blogspot.com/