Braised Greens with Smoked Turkey

Karen Washington, co-owner of Rise & Root Farm in Chester, New York, says this recipe is a staple on her holiday table. You'll find ham hocks and smoked turkey in the meat department at most larger markets.

Braised Greens with Smoked Turkey
Active Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
Nutrition Profile:


  • 1 ½ cups water

  • 8 ounces smoked bone-in turkey leg, turkey wings or ham hock

  • 1 medium red onion, chopped

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper

  • 2 pounds mixed greens, such as collards, kale, mustard and/or turnip greens, stemmed and cut into 1-inch-wide ribbons (20 cups)

  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar

  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce


  1. Combine water, turkey (or ham hock), onion, salt and crushed red pepper in a large pot. Bring to a gentle simmer over high heat, cover and cook for 15 minutes.

  2. Stir in greens, in batches. Cover and cook until the greens are tender, about 5 minutes. Remove the turkey (or ham hock). Shred the meat, discarding bones. Return 1 cup meat to the pot along with vinegar and hot sauce. (Reserve any remaining meat for another use.)

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

74 Calories
2g Fat
7g Carbs
7g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Serving Size 1/2 cup
Calories 74
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 7g 3%
Dietary Fiber 5g 18%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 7g 14%
Total Fat 2g 3%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 11mg 4%
Vitamin A 5716IU 114%
Sodium 323mg 14%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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