Crockpot Collard Greens and Ham Hocks

Crockpot Collard Greens and Ham Hocks

Crockpot Collard Greens and Ham Hocks – I just love greens! Seriously I do. It’s hard to believe that there was a time that I didn’t care much for them. When I was a little girl, we had greens almost every darn day, and I hated it.  I wanted to just eat mac and cheese, and fried chicken – I didn’t want no darn greens! That was how it was until I was about 12. I don’t know what came over me, but one day my mom made a big ol’ pot of tender collard greens and smoked ham hocks and it was over!! The greens were so freaking tender, and flavorful. The smoked ham hocks were cooked until the meat & fat fell right off of the bone. Just thinking about it is making my mouth water! Yasssssss – my moms greens are the bomb, and I modeled my greens after hers.

Whenever I make my soul food collard greens and smoked ham hocks, I make it simple. I cook them in my Crockpot. That’s right- you heard me!  I make my greens in the slow cooker, and they always come out perfect!

I love soul food. I am as white as snow and I love soul food. Always have. My mother, who was also white as snow, fixed this type of dish because it was good and it was inexpensive. We never had much money and this type of cooking helped out a lot. You can be any ethnicity and still love soul food. I do and always will. This recipe fits right into my Crockpot lifestyle and boy is it tasty.

Crockpot Collard Greens and Ham Hocks

Crockpot Collard Greens and Ham Hocks

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs collard greens, washed & cut
  • 2 large smoked ham hocks
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 2 large jalapeno peppers, chopped
  • 1 tsp seasoning salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 8 cups water

Directions

  1. Place the ham hocks, onions, garlic, and peppers into the slow cooker, then turn pour in 8 cups of water.
  2. Put the lid on the slow cooker, then set on HIGH for 6 hours.
  3. After 4 hours the ham hocks should be tender and falling off of the bone.
  4. Start adding in the collard greens.
  5. Sprinkle in the salt & pepper, then add in the apple cider vinegar.
  6. Give everything a stir, then let cook for two more hours on HIGH.
  7. Serve and enjoy!
NOTE:
I used 6 quart Crockpot and was able to fit everything into it.
Let’s thank I Heart Recipes for this handy video and great Crockpot Collard Greens and Ham Hocks recipe.
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