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collard greens with smoked turkey & ham

★★★★★ 1
a recipe by
Rose Mary Mogan
Sauk Village, IL

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
serves 8 or more depending on portion size
prep time 15 Min
cook time 3 Hr 30 Min
method Stove Top

Ingredients For collard greens with smoked turkey & ham

  • 4 lb
    pre washed & picked collard greens
  • 1 lb
    ham chunks
  • 1 lb
    smoked turkey wings, disjointed by butcher
  • 2 lg
    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

How To Make collard greens with smoked turkey & ham

  • 1
    I 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.
  • 2
    Add turkey wings and smoked ham chunks to a large pot.
  • 3
    Cover with water & bring to a boil, till turkey wing is tender and meat can be removed from bones, at least an hour or so.
  • 4
    These are some of the ingredients used in this recipe.
  • 5
    Add 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.
  • 6
    Now 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.
  • 7
    Add 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.
  • 8
    Make 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.
  • 9
    When dumplings has been added to pot, cover pot with tight fitting lid and cook for 30 minutes.
  • 10
    Remove from pot and serve with greens as desired PLEASE NOTE: I DID NOT CARE FOR THE DUMPLING PART OF THIS RECIPE. i DON'T REMEMBER HOW OR WHERE I GOT THIS RECIPE, BUT THE DUMPLINGS WERE HARD LIKE ROCKS, AND WERE DENSE AND HEAVY. THIS WAS MY FIRST TIME MAKING THE DUMPLINGS PORTION, SO I HAD NO IDEA how they would turn out, but posted the recipe just as it was written, but surely there must be a lighter version of Corn Meal Dumplings than this one, & when I find one I will be sure to share it. The Greens portion of this recipe is amazing, every one loved them, & I can't wait to make them again, but I will omit the Dumplings portion.