Pot Liquor Soup

Pot Liquor SoupRecipe
With collards, ham hocks, and red potatoes, this pot liquor soup is southern comfort all the way. Enjoy a hearty and filling bowl with a slice of warm cornbread.


Makes 2 1/2 quarts

Recipe from

Southern Living

Recipe Time

Prep: 1 Hours
Cook: 55 Minutes


2 pounds fresh collard greens
3/4 pound smoked ham hocks
1 (1 1/2-pound) ham steak, chopped
2 tablespoons hot sauce
3 tablespoons olive oil
3 medium onions, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
6 red potatoes, diced
3 (14 1/2-ounce) cans chicken broth
2 (15.8-ounce) cans field peas with snaps, rinsed and drained
2 (15.8-ounce) cans crowder peas, rinsed and drained
2 cups water
1/2 cup vermouth
1 tablespoon white vinegar
1 teaspoon salt


Remove and discard stems and discolored spots from collards; rinse with cold water. Drain; tear into 1-inch pieces.

Bring collards, ham hocks, and water to cover to a boil in a large Dutch oven. Remove from heat; drain. Repeat procedure once.

Toss together chopped ham and hot sauce; cook in hot oil in Dutch oven over medium-high heat 6 to 8 minutes or until browned.

Add onion and garlic; saute until tender. Stir in collards, ham hocks, potato, and remaining ingredients. Bring mixture to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer, stirring occasionally, 45 minutes.

Remove meat from hocks; discard hocks. Return meat to soup.