Potlikker Soup

Potlikker Soup Recipe
Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Lydia DeGaris Pursell


Potlikker Soup contains favorite flavors of a traditional New Year's day meal—collard greens and ham hock. Serve this comforting soup with a side of cornbread.


Makes 6 to 8 Servings
Total time: 6 Hours, 15 Minutes

Recipe from

Southern Living

Recipe Time

Hands-on: 15 Minutes
Total: 6 Hours, 15 Minutes


1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cups refrigerated prechopped onion
1/2 cup chopped carrot
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 (1-pound) ham hock
4 (1-pound) packages fresh collard greens, cleaned, trimmed, and chopped
1/2 teaspoon table salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 (32-oz.) container chicken broth


Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat; add onion and carrot, and sauté 4 minutes or until tender. Add garlic; sauté 1 minute. Place vegetables, 4 cups water, ham hock, and remaining ingredients in a 5- to 6-qt. slow cooker. Cover and cook on High 1 hour. Reduce heat to Low and cook 5 hours or until ham falls off the bone. Remove ham hock from slow cooker. Remove ham from bone, discarding bone. Chop ham, and stir into soup.


Our Best Slow Cooker Suppers,

Southern Living

November 2013
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