My Grandmother would make this often when I was a little girl. She and my Grandpa would stop on the side of the road and pick some whenever they saw it growing and it is delicious! However, do make sure you know exactly what you're picking. Poke has pointy leaves, red stems and dark red berries. The berries are not edible so do NOT cook with them! Poke is a toxic plant so always take it through the triple boiling process before eating it. This is a seriously yummy side dish that has almost been forgotten by us modern folk! So here it is, step by step directions on how to fix up a mess 'a poke!
1Correctly identify and pick your poke. Try to pick them when they are young as the greens will be more tender and have a nicer flavor.
2Cut just the leaves from stems.
3Soak your greens in cold water for 20-30 minutes and wash very thoroughly. Dry by pressing between clean towels or using a salad spinner.
4Chop greens into bite-size pieces.
5Set three pots of water to boil and add a teaspoon of salt to each pot. Boil in first pot for five minutes. Drain and rinse with cold water. Transfer to the next pot of clean boiling water. Repeat the process with each pot of clean boiling water. Do not skip this step. Drain and set aside.
6Saute onions in bacon grease.
7Add drained greens, stirring well.
8Sprinkle corn meal, salt and pepper over greens, and pour beaten egg into greens, scramble all together until egg is cooked and ingredients are well blended and serve.