Savory Collard Greens

Greens have long been a favorite in Southern kitchens, and collard greens are wonderful. Serve this dish with plenty of Tabasco sauce at the table.

Serves: 6Hands-on: 30 minutesTotal: 1 hour 15 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 6


  • 2 or 3 meaty ham hocks
  • 3 lbs. collard greens
  • 1 tsp. seasoned salt
  • 1 1⁄2 tsp. salt
  • 1⁄8 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1⁄8 tsp. ground cayenne pepper
  • 1⁄8 tsp. garlic powder


  • In a large stockpot over high heat, bring about 4 to 5 quarts of water to a boil with ham hocks. Reduce heat to a simmer and continue cooking for about 1–1 1⁄2 hours until ham hock meat is tender. Add more water as needed.
  • Stack several collard green leaves together. Roll them, then cut into 1⁄2-inch slices.
  • Working with batches, add sliced collard leaves to the pot of simmering water with ham hocks. (You’ll probably have to let some of the greens wilt down before adding more.) Add seasoned salt, salt, black pepper, cayenne, and garlic powder. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and simmer for about 45 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove ham hocks.
  • If you like, remove meat from hocks and return it to the pot.