Smothered Greens Recipe

These healthy greens get their rich flavor from smoked turkey, instead of fatback.

  • 3 cups water
  • ¼ pound smoked turkey breast, skinless
  • 1 tablespoon fresh hot pepper, chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon cloves, ground
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • ½ teaspoon thyme
  • 1 scallion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ginger, ground
  • ¼ cup onion, chopped
  • 2 pounds greens (mustard, turnip, collard, kale, or mixture)
  1. Place all ingredients except greens into large saucepan and bring to boil.
  2. Prepare greens by washing thoroughly and removing stems.
  3. Tear or slice leaves into bite-size pieces.
  4. Add greens to turkey stock. Cook for 20–30 minutes until tender.

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