This is an old Southern style recipe for country greens that my grandma used to make at all our holiday meals. It was a hit even with the kids.

Gallery

Recipe Summary

prep:
30 mins
cook:
1 hr
total:
1 hr 30 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
Advertisement

Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • Rinse the mustard and turnip greens thoroughly to remove gritty dirt, and place in a 12 quart pot with 8 cups of water. Add the butter, pickle juice, bacon and onion, and bring to a rolling boil.

    Advertisement
  • Continue cooking at a full boil for 20 minutes, then reduce the heat to low, and simmer for an additional 30 minutes, until tender. Taste and season with salt and pepper.

Nutrition Facts

140 calories; protein 6.7g 13% DV; carbohydrates 11.8g 4% DV; fat 8.7g 13% DV; cholesterol 21.6mg 7% DV; sodium 290.3mg 12% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (34)

Read More Reviews

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
04/27/2006
EXCELLENT!!! I do this on a much smaller scale (2 bunches of just turnip greens) for our smaller family of 5. All my 3 toddlers just love it too! Sometimes I use some pepperoncini juice for some extra zing. Read More
(23)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
12/03/2008
These greens needed a lot of doctoring! It just didn't have that Southern down home taste I've been accustomed to. I've enjoyed greens during every major holiday while growing up and finally wanted to make some of my own. (This was actually my 3rd time making them). In order to get them to taste like anything I ended up adding 3 chicken bouillon cubes more pickle juice jalepeno juice a little bit of seasoning salt garlic powder & crushed red pepper. After adding this I was finally able to lick my platter clean:-) Read More
(8)
41 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 26
  • 4 star values: 10
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
04/27/2006
EXCELLENT!!! I do this on a much smaller scale (2 bunches of just turnip greens) for our smaller family of 5. All my 3 toddlers just love it too! Sometimes I use some pepperoncini juice for some extra zing. Read More
(23)
Rating: 5 stars
10/08/2003
I made this recipe twice over the holidays--once with bacon and once with some leftover Christmas ham instead. Both were a success! My Southern husband and in-laws loved it. Many thanks from a formerly clueless Yankee! Read More
(22)
Rating: 5 stars
02/09/2009
It really annoys me when reviewers change the recipe and then give it a bad review! I've never been a big greens fan but I made this for a big family gathering and everyone loved it. I followed the recipe exactly and it was great. I've added my own touches here and there as does every other cook I know. You have to add your own personal touch. Thanks for a great recipe. Read More
(22)
Advertisement
Rating: 5 stars
01/12/2005
I used frozen greens and replaced the water with chicken broth. (not as much liquid was needed since not wilting the greens down) It even received rave reviews from those who normally dislike greens. Read More
(13)
Rating: 2 stars
12/02/2008
These greens needed a lot of doctoring! It just didn't have that Southern down home taste I've been accustomed to. I've enjoyed greens during every major holiday while growing up and finally wanted to make some of my own. (This was actually my 3rd time making them). In order to get them to taste like anything I ended up adding 3 chicken bouillon cubes more pickle juice jalepeno juice a little bit of seasoning salt garlic powder & crushed red pepper. After adding this I was finally able to lick my platter clean:-) Read More
(8)
Rating: 5 stars
11/14/2004
I first made this two Thanksgivings ago. It has been requested by my extended family every year since. They love it and so do I. Read More
(7)
Advertisement
Rating: 5 stars
02/04/2012
Ok all you other southern residents can stop reading this post. I made these and they were very good. I have been trimming back on my ham hocks and bacon after watching the last southern generation battle heart disease. I even used.......turkey bacon and frozen turnip greens. I was expecting lighting or something to strike me when I put in the pan. I did have to add a extra spicy for my taste. I put in some no salt ham flavor....to make up for the turkey and some pepper flakes.....I left out the butter as I didn't need to boil. 30 mins I was finished great vege for a busy night in the new south. Read More
(6)
Rating: 4 stars
11/12/2011
This is an excellent combination of greens the only thing I do different in omit the pickle juice from the cooking and use vegetable oil and salt pork or ham hocks instead of the bacon... diced onions as well instead of the slices... Being from the south means greens are a staple in our households... and if you have turnips of any kind you MUST use the roots... oh how delicious.. and the cooking time is the key the greens should NOT be crunchy we are not having salad we are having greens so they are cooked down until they are tender... served up with a side of warm cornbread and H_O_N_E_Y....umph... Read More
(5)
Rating: 3 stars
04/23/2003
It seemed like something was missing from this recipe. It's good but just needs something more... Read More
(5)