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Braised Collard Greens

Braised Collard Greens

Ham bones lend a similar salty and meaty flavor to the pork that's traditionally used by soul food cooks.

  • Makes: 10 servings
  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Slow Cook: 6 hrs (low) or 3 hours (high)


  • 1 1/2 pounds fresh collard greens
  • 3 meaty ham bones (about 3 pounds total)
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 large onion, halved and sliced
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  1. Wash collard greens thoroughly. Cut off and discard stems. Coarsely chop collard greens. Set aside.
  2. Add ham bones to a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker. Add the water, onion, sugar, crushed red pepper, and salt. Top with collard greens.
  3. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for about 6 hours or on high-heat setting for about 3 hours or until collard greens are tender.
  4. Remove ham bones; cool slightly. When ham bones are cool enough to handle, cut meat off bones. Chop meat; discard bones. Stir meat into mixture in slow cooker.
  5. To serve, use a slotted spoon to spoon greens mixture into a bowl, draining off any excess liquid.

Nutrition Facts (Braised Collard Greens)

  • Per serving:
  • 87 kcal cal.,
  • 4 g fat
  • (1 g sat. fat,
  • 0 g polyunsaturated fat,
  • 2 g monounsatured fat),
  • 17 mg chol.,
  • 108 mg sodium,
  • 9 g carb.,
  • 2 g fiber,
  • 6 g sugar,
  • 5 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet © Copyright 2017, Meredith Corporation. All Rights Reserved.
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