Collard Greens with Smoked Turkey & Ham

Rose Mary Mogan


In planning my menu Thanksgiving, I had originally chosen Black Truffle Oil Roasted Asparagus, but my husband said it wasn't good as a left over, so I decided to make these Collard Greens, especially since Sam's Club had a 2 lb. bag for $1.60, I bought 2 of them.

Being from the South I love many types of greens, & even introduced my husband to them, he eats more of them that I do now that he has discovered how good they are when seasoned well.

My grandmother made greens W Corn Bread Dumplings when I was a kid, I tried them but didn't care for them. The dumplings were like Hockey Pucks.

★★★★★ 1 vote
8 or more depending on portion size
15 Min
3 Hr 30 Min
Stove Top


4 lb
pre washed & picked collard greens
1 lb
ham chunks
1 lb
smoked turkey wings, disjointed by butcher
2 large
onions - chopped
1/2 tsp
red pepper flakes, more if you prefer spicy
2 Tbsp
apple cider vinegar
32 oz
chicken broth
2 Tbsp
sugar or splenda
4-5 clove
garlic minced
salt & pepper as desired
1/2 -1 stick
2 tsp
granulated garlic powder (we love lots of garlic)


1 1/2 c
yellow corn meal
1 tsp
1 c
boiling water
4 Tbsp
all purpose flour
2 tsp


1I started not to post the dumpling part of this recipe, but decided that there may be someone that might enjoy them even though I didn't care for them. But the Collard Greens were so amazing and flavorful, so I will post the recipe for the CORN BREAD DUMPLINGS AS WELL, but know that after eating 3 of the dumplings, I removed them from the pot and ate them plain. I will stick with Mama's Butter Milk Corn Bread on the side. Smile The original recipe came from an old Southern book that no longer has a cover and only a few pages. I am not using salt pork as originally called for in the original recipe. I used pre washed greens ALSO to save time. Original recipe also allowed 3 1/2 hours cooking time. Use your own judgement.
2Add turkey wings and smoked ham chunks to a large pot.
3Cover with water & bring to a boil, till turkey wing is tender and meat can be removed from bones, at least an hour or so.
4These are some of the ingredients used in this recipe.
5Add greens to pot after an hour or so of cooking the meat, cover with a lid and continue to cook till greens shrink and change to a much darker green color. It doesn't matter that much which order you add the spices.
6Now add the chopped onions, garlic, spices, sugar and vinegar and black pepper and chicken broth if needed. Lower the heat, cover with lid and continue to cook.
7Add butter if desired. Optional Stir till it melts, then add additional seasoning if desired. Add additional chicken stock if desired and is needed. Continue to cook. Add the deboned turkey wings back into the pot, if not already added. This is what the dumplings looked like as they simmered.
8Make dumplings by combining all the dry ingredients, then adding the boiling water. Shape into medium size balls with hands, I prefer to make all of my dumplings at one time, and then add them to the pot of simmering liquid.
9When dumplings has been added to pot, cover pot with tight fitting lid and cook for 30 minutes.
10Remove from pot and serve with greens as desired.

About this Recipe

Main Ingredient: Vegetable
Regional Style: Southern