Easy Southern Greens

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m originally from the south, and I love my southern food. One of my favorite is greens and ham.

Served as a side dish with ribs, fried chicken or catfish, you name it, I love it!

Easy Greens RecipeHere’s a super-simple recipe I whipped up the other night. As I didn’t have a handy ham-hock, I substituted by using some Better Than Bullion ham base.

Now, I love BTB, but I’d never used the ham flavor before…lemme tell ya…it’s awesome!

Turned out one of the best batched of greens I’ve ever made, and I didn’t have to cook it 8 hours to get the hocks to cook down.  For this dish I used a combination of kale and red chard…lovely stuff. Oh, and I cooked up a HUGE batch, so if that looks like a lot of bacon in the photos…it is.

If you want a real taste of the south, but are pressed for time, I definitely recommend this recipe…look for it on an upcoming hautemealz meal plan!


Chef Perry

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Serves 4
4 slices thick bacon
1-2 lbs greens (collard, kale, chard, or a mix)
1 tsp. black pepper
4 cups water
5 tsp. Better than Bullion Ham Base

1/2 tsp red pepper flakes for an extra zing.
1/2 cup chopped white onions
4 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
Hot sauce

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Mise en Place

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Rinse greens thoroughly, remove tough ribs and stems, and chop leaves. Cut stems into 1 inch pieces. Combine water and ham base to make ham broth. Chop onions. Slice bacon.

Prepare the Dish


Cook the bacon in a skillet until the fat renders and bacon becomes translucent. (Do not drain!)


Transfer bacon and dripping to a large pot over medium heat, add the onions and cook until softened.

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Add greens, stems, pepper flakes (optional), pepper, and ham broth.


Simmer over over medium heat for 45-60 minutes.

Serve greens drained (or not) with minced onion, vinegar and Tabasco, if desired. You can also add a splash of red wine vinegar of hot sauce (or both!)

LikkerPS – Half of the awesomeness of southern-style greens is the potlikker.

Potlikker is the amazingly flavorful broth of the ham stock and cooked down greens. You definitely want some crusty bread or (preferably) a good  savory cornbread to mop it up.

Only a “damnyankee” would throw out the potlikker!

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