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Potlikker Soup

Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Lydia DeGaris Pursell


Hands-on time 15 mins
Total time 6 hrs, 15 mins
Yield Makes 6 to 8 Servings
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.


  • 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

How to Make It

  1. 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.

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