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Turnip Greens with Turnips

Yield Makes 4 to 6 servings
Bacon may be substituted for salt pork.


  • 2 (1-pound) packages prewashed fresh turnip greens
  • 2 turnips
  • 1/4 pound salt pork (streak of lean) or smoked pork shoulder
  • 1 quart water
  • 1 tablespoon bacon drippings
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • Pepper Sauce (optional)

How to Make It

  1. Remove and discard stems and discolored spots from greens. Peel and coarsely chop turnips; set aside. Wash greens thoroughly; drain and tear into 2-inch pieces.

  2. Bring salt pork and 1 quart water to a boil in a Dutch oven. Cover, reduce heat, and cook 45 minutes to 1 hour or until liquid is reduced by half and meat is tender. Add greens, bacon drippings, and sugar; cook, without stirring, 30 minutes or until greens are tender.

  3. Add turnips; cover, reduce heat, and simmer 30 minutes or until turnips are tender. Serve with Pepper Sauce, if desired.