Collard Greens Recipe - Southern-style Collard Greens slowly simmered in a flavorful and spicy broth loaded with ham hocks and spices. A flavor-packed take on your favorite greens.
Start by boiling the ham hocks in pot fully covered in water , bring to a boil then lower heat and boil for approximately 11/2 - 2 hours or until meat falls off the bone . The best and easy way to do this is to use a pressure cooker . It's faster and takes me only about 12 minutes or less once it starts cooking . Let it cool then cut the meat into bite size pieces .
Remove collard green leaves from the stem. Then wash, rinse and chop. Repeat until all the collard greens have been removed from it’s stem. Discard stem and reserve chopped leaves.
Heat up a medium or large dutch oven . Then add chopped bacon, cook for about 6-7 minutes or until brown.
Add about 1 tablespoon oil - there should be about 2 tablespoons grease in the pot .
Add onions , garlic , ham hocks, and sauté for about 3-5 minutes.
Throw in tomatoes, paprika , creole seasoning and some pepper flakes. Sauté for another about 2 minutes.
Finally add collard greens , chicken bouillon and lemon . Pour in chicken broth or water - lightly salt , if desired . Or wait till the last few minutes of cooking .
Bring to a boil and simmer for about 45 minutes or more or until collard greens are tender .