Southern Turnip Greens

J. White Harris


I’ve eaten turnip greens all my life and this recipe makes absolutely the best tasting turnip greens that I’ve ever put in my mouth. Good turnip greens with tasty Pot Liquor helps round out the menu on any Southern table. My family really likes these greens. I adapted the recipe from one the Loveless Cafe in Nashville uses.


★★★★★ 1 vote

4 to 6
20 Min
4 Hr
Stove Top


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2 lb
turnip greens
3 to 4 slice
smoked bacon
1 medium
onion, chopped
4 clove
garlic, minced
5 oz
country ham, diced
1/2 tsp
crushed red pepper
2 tsp
dark brown sugar
1/3 c
apple cider vinegar
6 c
2 Tbsp

How to Make Southern Turnip Greens


  • 1Wash the greens, trim any bad spots, roughly chop, and set aside.
  • 2Give the bacon a rough chop and put into a large stockpot over low heat for 5 minutes before adding chopped onion. Increase heat to medium-high and cook until onions are translucent. Add the minced garlic and cook for another minute.
  • 3Add diced ham, crushed red pepper, brown sugar, vinegar, and water and bring to a boil.
  • 4Add cleaned and chopped greens. (Note: add water if needed so the liquid meets the surface of the cooked greens in the pot.) Simmer for approximately four hours, stirring occasionally and adding extra water if needed. Once greens are fully cooked and tender, taste for seasoning and add salt if desired.

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About Southern Turnip Greens

Course/Dish: Vegetables
Main Ingredient: Vegetable
Regional Style: Southern
Dietary Needs: Dairy Free

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