Cajun/Creole, Soul Food

Smokin’ Good Eats: A Flavorful Journey with Southern Mixed Greens

Hey, y’all! AB from Smokin’ and Grillin’ wit AB here, bringing you a taste of the South that’s gonna make your taste buds do a happy dance. Today, we’re diving deep into a classic, soul-satisfying dish: Southern Mixed Greens. Picture this – a pot bubbling with collard and turnip greens, a hint of smoky ham hock, and a symphony of flavors that’ll transport you straight to the heart of Southern comfort. You’re in for a treat, and I’m here to guide you through every step of this culinary adventure.

Before we jump into the nitty-gritty, let me tell you why you need this dish on your table. Southern Mixed Greens aren’t just food; they’re a celebration of flavors, a journey through tradition, and a culinary hug for your soul. Packed with nutrients, this dish is a powerhouse of greens, and the slow-cooked magic with the ham hock takes it to a whole new level. It’s the kind of dish that makes family gatherings unforgettable and turns ordinary meals into extraordinary experiences. So, let’s get cookin’ and make memories that taste as good as they feel!


  • 4 lbs Collard Greens, washed and chopped
  • 2 lbs Turnip Greens, washed and chopped
  • 2 Onions, chopped
  • 2 tbsp Minced Garlic
  • 1 Ham Hock
  • 4 cups Water
  • 2 tsp Chicken Bouillon
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Step-by-Step Guide

1. Prepare the Greens:

  • Wash collard and turnip greens thoroughly, removing tough stems. Chop into bite-sized pieces.

2. Boil Ham Hock with Broth:

  • In a large pot, combine ham hock, 4 cups of water, and chicken bouillon.
  • Boil, then simmer for 30-45 minutes to infuse the broth with smoky goodness.

3. Sauté Onions and Garlic:

  • In a skillet, sauté chopped onions and minced garlic until onions are translucent.

4. Add Greens and Ham Hock to the Pot:

  • Add greens to the pot in batches, allowing them to wilt.
  • Strain broth from the ham hock into the pot, adding the ham hock for flavor.

5. Simmer and Cook:

  • Cover and simmer for 1.5 to 2 hours, stirring occasionally until greens are tender.

6. Check and Adjust Seasoning:

  • Taste and adjust seasoning as needed.

7. Serve:

  • Remove ham hock, shred it, and serve over the greens.

Expert Tips and Tricks

  • Greens Prep: Don’t rush the prep; removing tough stems ensures tender greens.
  • Ham Hock: Boiling it beforehand enhances the broth’s flavor.
  • Low and Slow: Simmering over low heat develops rich flavors.


  1. Spicy Kick: Add red pepper flakes for a fiery twist.
  2. Vegan Delight: Skip the ham hock and use vegetable broth for a plant-based version.
  3. Bacon Bliss: Substitute ham hock with crispy bacon bits.
  4. Southern Fusion: Mix in chopped tomatoes and a dash of hot sauce for a zesty kick.
  5. Maple Glaze: Drizzle with maple syrup for a sweet and savory combo.

What to Serve With Southern Mixed Greens

  1. Cornbread Muffins
  2. Buttermilk Biscuits
  3. Fried Chicken
  4. Mac ‘n’ Cheese
  5. Corn on the Cob
  6. Grilled Shrimp
  7. Barbecue Ribs
  8. Sweet Potato Casserole
  9. Cornbread Stuffing
  10. Fried Catfish

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  1. Wash the collard greens and turnip greens thoroughly under cold water. Remove the tough stems from the greens and chop them into bite-sized pieces.

  2. In a large pot or Dutch oven, combine the ham hock, 4 cups of water, and chicken bouillon. Bring the mixture to a boil and then reduce the heat to simmer. Allow the ham hock to simmer in the broth for about 30-45 minutes. This helps infuse the broth with smoky flavor.

  3. In another pot or skillet, heat a bit of oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onions and minced garlic to the pot. Sauté until the onions are translucent and the garlic is fragrant.

  4. Add the chopped collard greens and turnip greens to the pot in batches, allowing them to wilt down slightly before adding more. Stir the greens to combine them with the sautéed onions and garlic.

  5. Strain the broth from the ham hock into the pot with the greens. Add the ham hock to the greens for additional flavor. Stir well to incorporate the broth throughout the greens.

  6. Cover the pot and let the greens simmer for at least 1.5 to 2 hours, or until they are tender. Stir occasionally to make sure the greens are cooking evenly.

  7. Taste the greens and adjust the seasoning if needed. Add more salt and pepper according to your preference.

  8. Once the greens are tender and flavorful, remove the ham hock. Serve the mixed greens hot, with the ham hock on the side or shredded and added back into the greens.

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