I love good old-fashioned southern turnip greens. They remind of my grandparents or something we would eat for Sunday lunch. This recipe is so simple, quick, and delicious. Start with a half a stick of butter, throw in your ham, green, seasonings and chicken stock. Let them cook down for about 20 minutes, and they’ll turn a dark green hue. These are perfect for potluck or any weeknight vegetable recipe. Keep reading to see how I made this simple turnip greens recipe that packed with flavor.
Cooking Turnip Greens 101
Turnip Greens vs Collard Greens
I personally like turnip greens better than collard greens. They have a milder flavor than collard greens, and don’t have to be cooked down quite a long.
turnip greens nutrition
Turnip greens are obviously packed with tons of vitamins. They have a lot of Vitamin K in them, so be careful if you’re on a blood thinner!
How to season turnip greens
First, butter! Second, ham. Third, chicken broth. Fourth, seasonings! No but really, all of the ingredients combined in this recipe come together and complement each other perfectly. I would like to say that one ingredient is most important, but they all are.
Equipment You’ll Need
Pretty much, all you’re going to need for this recipe is a large stock pot. I used my Le Creuset pot, but I’ve linked some lower priced options below. You could also use a deep skillet if you wish. Whatever you choose, make sure that it has a lid!
Ingredients You’ll Need
I used two bunches of fresh turnip greens. I cut them into small little bits, even using the stem. I personally love the stems once they are cooking down.
You can use a ham hock if you have it, but most new-aged cooks don’t! Ha. I bought some thick cut deli ham. Oscar Meyer makes one. I think it’s called carving station ham. I just broke the pieces apart with my fingers and dumped them into my pot when it was time.
Butter. The start of every good recipe. The first thing you’ll do is melt 4 tablespoons of butter in your pot. You can use salted or unsalted. It doesn’t really make a difference. Just use what you have on hand at home.
You’ll use about two and a half cups of chicken broth. You want your greens to be submerged but not just swimming. Remember if you leave them on the heat for too long, the stock may cook out. So keep a little extra on hand!
I used my usual blend. Salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, and sugar. The best. Not too much, not too little.
How to Cook Turnip Greens
Add your butter to your pot and turn medium/high heat. Once butter is melted, add in your chopped ham. Let it sauté for a few minutes.
Cut your turnip greens into little half inch pieces. I cut and use the stems too. Add your chicken broth and seasonings, bring it to a boil, then cover and reduce heat to lowest setting. Cook for about 15 more minutes then serve. Enjoy!
Southern Turnip Greens
- Large Pot or Dutch Oven
- 2 bunches Fresh Turnip Greens
- 1/2 cup Chopped Thick Cut Ham
- 2 1/2 cups Chicken Broth
- 4 tbsp Butter
- 2 tsp Salt
- 1 tbsp Pepper
- 2 tsp Garlic Powder
- 2 tsp Onion Powder
- 1 tsp Sugar
- Add your butter to your pot and turn medium/high heat. Once butter is melted, add in your chopped ham. Let it saute for a few minutes.
- Cut your turnip greens into little half inch pieces. I cut and use the stems too. Add your chicken broth and seasonings, bring it to a boil, then cover and reduce heat to lowest setting. Cook for about 15 more minutes then serve. Enjoy!
Can you freeze this recipe?Absolutely, add them to a freezer safe bag and store them for up to 6 months. Let them unthaw. Once you heat them back up, they may need some more broth.
Before you go…
Please let me know if you tried this southern vegetable recipe. Do you have other turnip greens recipes that you like? What are they? I want to know! Contact me here or in the comments below! Happy cooking!