Basic Greens 101 or, as I like to call it, How to Spot a Yankee. Because when I got my greens I had NO idea what I was supposed to do with them. So here’s a very simple, basic, rundown on how to make Greens.
You’ll need a ham bone, a big pot of water, and a medley of whatever greens you want. I’ve tried this with collards, mustards, cabbage and I even threw some spinach in there. What I’ve found is that it’s best to mix as many different types as you can because the flavors will blend and complement each other better.
Essentially you’re trying to make a ham stock to cook the greens in, so put your ham in the water and bring it to a boil. Cut up your greens and add them to the pot. Mine took up the entire pot but after a bit they took up less than half of that room, so don’t worry about it being too full. Put a lid on it and cook it over low for a long time (about an hour).
There are so many ways to make this recipe fit your tastes. Some common additions are pepper flakes, vinegar, sugar, onions, salt, or chicken broth. There are many specific recipes that may help you if you’re feeling lost. This Southern as You Can Get Collard Greens recipe is VERY specific.