Southern Turnip Greens with Ham Shanks

turnip greens and ham shanks
Turnip greens with ham shanks and cornbread muffins. Diana Rattray
  • 105 mins
  • Prep: 25 mins,
  • Cook: 80 mins
  • Yield: 4 to 6 Servings
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Try these delicious turnip greens with your next family dinner, and be sure to bake fresh cornbread to go with them. Wash the greens in several changes of water. You'll know they're clean when there's no trace of grit left in the bottom of the sink.

Use ham shanks or about 1/2 pound to 1 pound or smoked leftover ham sliced smoked picnic ham (smoked shoulder).

What You'll Need

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 2 to 3 smoked ham shanks
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 pound well-washed and chopped greens
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • dash cayenne pepper
  • salt, to taste

How to Make It

Heat oil in a large Dutch oven or kettle over medium heat; add onion and cook, stirring, until softened and translucent. Add the ham shanks and cook for about 6 minutes, turning the shanks a few times. Add garlic and chicken broth. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer for 30 minutes.

Remove ham shanks with a slotted spoon.

Put the washed turnip greens in the liquid, a few handfuls at a time, until all are in the pot.

The simmering liquid will wilt them as you add them to the pot. Add the sugar and peppers.

Remove the bones from the ham and dice or shred the meat; return the ham pieces to the pot.

Bring the greens to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes. Cover and simmer for about 30 minutes longer, or until the greens are very tender. The broth will cook down a bit, so it might be salty enough, but taste and add salt if needed.

Serves 4 to 6.

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Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 135
Total Fat 4 g
Saturated Fat 0 g
Unsaturated Fat 2 g
Cholesterol 6 mg
Sodium 417 mg
Carbohydrates 22 g
Dietary Fiber 2 g
Protein 6 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)