Potlikker Soup

Potlikker SoupRecipe
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.