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Simple Turnip Greens

Yield Makes 4 to 6 servings
Sugar can be added during cooking to eliminate a bitter taste although this technique is sometimes debated.


  • 1 bunch fresh turnip greens (about 4 1/2 pounds)
  • 1 pound salt pork (streak of lean) or smoked pork shoulder
  • 3 quarts water
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 2 teaspoons sugar (optional)

How to Make It

  1. Remove and discard stems and discolored spots from greens. Wash greens thoroughly; drain and tear greens into pieces. Set aside.

  2. Slice salt pork at 1/4-inch intervals, cutting to, but not through, the skin.

  3. Combine salt pork, 3 quarts water, pepper, and, if desired, sugar in a Dutch oven; bring mixture to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 1 hour.

  4. Add greens, and cook, uncovered, 30 to 35 minutes or until tender. Serve with a slotted spoon.