Old Fashioned Collared Greens

1 1/2 pound smoked ham hocks

1 tablespoon hot sauce (such as Tabasco)

1 teaspoon celery salt

3 bunches fresh collard greens (about 2 3/4 lb.)

Hot Pepper Vinegar

Preparation

Hands-on: 20 Minutes

Bake: 2 Hours, 40 Minutes

1. Place first 3 ingredients and 1 qt. water in a large Dutch oven. Bring to a boil; simmer, uncovered, 1 hour.

2. Trim and discard thick stems from bottom of collard green leaves. Tear leaves into 2-inch pieces. Place leaves in a large bowl of water. Swish leaves around to remove any dirt. Remove leaves from bowl, and discard water. Add leaves to Dutch oven; stir. (The pot will be full, but the leaves will cook down.) Cover and simmer, stirring every 30 minutes, for 1 1/2 hours.

3. Remove ham hocks; remove meat from hocks, and chop. Discard any fat. Return meat to Dutch oven. Serve greens with a slotted spoon. Pass with Hot Pepper Vinegar.

Rebecca Lang

OCTOBER 2012

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