Having been raised in the South, Greens was a staple that we had quite often. So I grew up eating them often. Mama always made a mess of greens as she called them fresh from the garden.
Every Southerner has a favorite recipe that they prefer to use. This of course is mine. There is no right or wrong way to make greens in my opinion.
I introduced my husband to this Southern Staple,& now he eats more of them than I do. Smile The addition of Smoked Turkey adds flavor & removing it from the bone makes it much more enjoyable to eat. Having not made them in awhile, we really enjoyed them.
serves6 or more depending on portion size
prep time25 Min
cook time2 Hr 30 Min
smoked turkey legs (or other meat of choice)
fresh picked mixed greens (i used glory brand)
onion, chopped (extra for garnish as desired)
each granulated onion & garlic powder
sugar (white or brown) or more if desired
red pepper flakes
apple cider vinegar
salt as desired to taste & coarse black pepper
liquid smoke or mesquite granulated spice (optional or as desired)
How To Make
Add Turkey legs to a large pot, cover with water, and bring to a boil, then lower heat and cook till turkey legs are tender, and begin to pull away from the bone.
Remove turkey legs from pot to a large platter and allow to cool. Then remove bones, & splinters, and then chop into bite size pieces.
Add greens to pot, along with spices, sugar, & vinegar, and additional chicken stock or water as needed. Cover with lid and return to boil, then lower heat to a simmer, and continue to cook as desired, about 1 hour or more as desired.
Add the cooked Turkey back into the pot & cook about 1/2 hour or longer as desired.
Now add the chopped onions, & minced garlic, & continue to cook.
Add butter as desired, and stir till melted.
Serve with your favorite condiments, and Corn Bread, if desired. I served mine with my own Canned Pickled Okra.
Corn Bread is the preferred bread of choice for many Southerners. Here is the link for my recipe: http//www.justapinch.com/recipes/bread/savory-bread/mamas-buttermilk-corn-bread.html?p=1
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