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Best Damn Greens Ever

Best Damn Greens Ever - A mix of collard, mustard and turnip greens, smoked turkey and carefully selected seasonings makes this slow cooked southern classic ready right out the stock pot.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 20 minutes
Servings: 10 bowls
Calories: 237kcal


  • 2 lb collard greens stem removed & chopped
  • 1 lb turnip greens stem removed & chopped
  • 1 lb mustard greens stem removed & chopped
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 2 cups picante salsa medium
  • cup apple cider or white vinegar
  • 2 lb smoked turkey legs
  • 8 cups unsalted chicken stock
  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons Louisiana hot sauce
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 2 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1 tablespoon liquid smoke
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
  • teaspoons red chili flakes
  • 2 bay leaves


  • Clean and the stems of the greens then roughly chop them.
  • **Optional** remove turkey meat from the bone and reserve the large bones. If your pot is big enough you can keep the smoked turkey leg whole.
  • Add the chicken stock to a large stockpot on high heat. Once you get to a rolling boil add in all the remaining ingredients (including the large turkey bones), cover, reduce heat to medium and let them cook down for 2-3 hours depending on how tender you like your greens. Make sure to stir occasionally.
  • Serve once the greens have reached your desired level of tenderness.
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You will need a Large Stock Pot.
You can make these greens in an instant pot. I recommend using the 8 quarts so you can fit everything in one pot. Cook on high pressure for 1 hour.
Before I serve my greens I typically take a scan of the pot to remove any of the skin of the smoked meats. I personally don't find it enjoyable to eat but its totally optional and left to individual preference. 


Calories: 237kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 53mg | Sodium: 1347mg | Potassium: 1101mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 11533IU | Vitamin C: 96mg | Calcium: 398mg | Iron: 4mg


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*Nutrition information is a rough estimate.

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