My grandmother was always responsible for making the collards for holidays, but she passed away several years ago. This recipe is very reminiscent of her version (though she might have added more sugar or honey), and I will be taking over the tradition of providing collards for family gatherings from now on, thanks to this recipe.
I've made this recipe several times now, it is always a big hit both with collard lovers and those new to this iconic green. It reminds me of the collards my great-grandmother used to make, that she seasoned with salt pork and topped with corn meal dumplings. I don't use the ham hock as I like a higher greens to meat ratio. It is delicious and freezes well.
First time cooking collards. This recipe was perfection. Never changed one thing. The leftovers were equally awesome. Will use this as my go to recipe from now on.