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Crock Pot Collard Greens and Ham

kept bySue.Lau

An excellent choice as a side dish for fried catfish or pulled pork. Also goes well with cornbread to soak up the juices which are called


1 smoked ham hock
4 to 6 slices thick bacon (optional)
8 cups collard greens, tough ribs and stems removed, torn into thin strips (kale may also be used)
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
4 cups water
1/2 cup minced mild onion (optional)
Red wine vinegar (amount to taste) (optional)
Hot pepper sauce (I like Tabasco, amount to taste) (optional)

Step 1
Note: be sure to rinse collards thoroughly before using.

Step 2
Remove any thick stems and tear or chop leaves into strips.

Step 3
Cook bacon in a skillet until the fat renders and bacon becomes translucent.

Step 4
Place bacon, with its drippings, into the bottom of the crock pot.

Step 5
Add the greens, ham hock, salt, pepper, and water into crock pot.

Step 6
Cover and cook on low for 6 hours or on high for 3 hours.

Step 7
Remove ham hock, discard skin and shred meat, returning meat to crock pot.

Step 8
Serve greens with minced onion, vinegar and Tabasco, if desired.

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