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Kickin' Collard Greens

Reviewed: Oct. 10, 2012
This recipe is ok but it's missing a few things for my taste. Chicken stock? I like to make my own pork stock if I have time. First you gotta have ham hocks! Some recipes say boil them for 30 minutes and thats ok if you want to use the meat. I like to boil my for over 8 hours to make a stock breaking down the collagen so you get all that amazing pork flavor. Start with 3 qts of water, 1 1/2 lbs of ham hocks, salt & pepper to taste, bring to a boil and then simmer. You will have to add water from time to time but in the end it makes for better greens. This recipe contains no sugar or vinegar for that bite. Some people use brown sugar I prefer to use orange juice you get the sugar plus a little acid which most food needs. I add some white vinegar (also acid) and my favorite hot sauce for kick. Greens need to cook for at least 2 hours so they are nice and super tender. Not to knock this recipe it is a good, simple base recipe but for traditional "southern" collards don't forget the hocks, a little sugar and vinegar!
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