Rose's Southern Cooked Mustard & Turnip Greens

Rose Mary Mogan


This is a Southern Staple for many Southerners. We had greens often when I was growing up, almost always with Corn Bread. I had to pay special attention so I could list the measurements, when making these today, as I do not usually use a recipe. I am posting this recipe especially for Stephanie K. here at JAP, and any one else that might want to try a different spin on a Southern favorite. This is my spin on the recipe, but there are many others also. I even added the turnip bottoms. You can mix varieties together as I did or just make one type at a time. Hope you find this recipe enjoyable.


★★★★★ 2 votes

6-8 servings depending on appetites
25 Min
2 Hr
Stove Top


Add to Grocery List

2 lb
smoked ham hocks or other smoked meat of your choice
1 lb
bag pre washed & cleaned glory mustard greens
1 lb
bag pre washed & cleaned glory turnip greens
2 lb
fresh turnip bottoms, peeled, sliced or cubed
1 medium
yellow onion, cubed or chopped
3-4 clove
garlic, minced
1 medium
red bell pepper, cubed
1/8-1/4 tsp
red hot pepper flakes
1 1/2 Tbsp
white distilled vinegar
1 Tbsp
1 1/2 Tbsp
butter, optional
salt, optional, according to taste

How to Make Rose's Southern Cooked Mustard & Turnip Greens


  • 1Add Ham hocks to a large pot, and cover with water, and a tight fitting lid. Cook over medium low heat for 1 hour. This is the type of greens I used for this recipe, to save time.
  • 2Then add both bags of washed and cleaned greens. I use Glory that are already prewashed & cleaned, it will look like a lot but they shrink down very quickly, put lid back on and allow to shrink.
  • 3Then add chopped onions, minced garlic, cubed red bell pepper, pepper flakes, distilled vinegar, sugar & butter, stir to mix. Then let cook over low heat, for 20 minutes. Remove ham hocks, & remove fatty outer layer, & bones, but save the lean meat portion. Can add back into pot as is or cube into smaller portion size.
  • 4Then add cubed or sliced turnip, & continue to cook over low heat for an additional 15 minutes or so or according to personal preference.
  • 5Serve with fresh sliced tomatoes, sliced or chopped onions, or what ever you prefer.
  • 6Don't forget the corn Bread. Here is the link for the Mama's Buttermilk Corn Bread
    Mama's Buttermilk Corn Bread
  • 7PLEASE NOTE: If you use the bulk greens they need to be picked through, they need to be washed thourgly at least 4 to 5 times to remove sand and grit. Discard any yellow leaves & tough stems. You may also want to try smoked Turkey parts, salt pork, or what ever suits your fancy. I prefer the Ham hocks or the smoked neckbones. You will want to taste to see if you need to add salt. Smoked meats are quite salty.

Printable Recipe Card

About Rose's Southern Cooked Mustard & Turnip Greens

Course/Dish: Turkey, Vegetables, Pork
Main Ingredient: Vegetable
Regional Style: Southern

Show 34 Comments & Reviews

Healthy, Flavorful Recipes For The New Year

Healthy, Flavorful Recipes for the New Year

Kitchen Crew

The holiday season is a time for indulgence... and, oh boy, did I indulge. I don't regret the pieces of cake and all the cookies, but it's time to reset...

8 Delicious Ground Turkey Recipes

8 Delicious Ground Turkey Recipes

Kitchen Crew @JustaPinch

Ground turkey is a great way to make your favorite meals a bit healthier. These recipes are so tasty, you won't even miss the original!

The Do’s And Don’ts Of Stuffing A Turkey Recipe

The Do’s and Don’ts of Stuffing a Turkey

Kitchen Crew @JustaPinch

Are you team stuffing or team dressing? Either way, there’s a right way and a wrong way to stuff your Thanksgiving bird. Check out this guideline you need to know...