Cleaning and trimming 5 pounds of collard greens is the hardest part of this recipe—after that, it’s easy. Sauté onions and garlic in a large pot, then add the greens. (It may seem odd to precook them, but wilting the collards is crucial to getting them to fit in the slow cooker.) Transfer everything to the slow cooker, along with ham hocks or smoked turkey drumsticks for meaty, smoky flavor, and walk away for 4 or even 6 hours. Come back to tender greens and some tasty potlikker to spoon over grits with shrimp or cornbread.
What to buy: Collard greens are often cooked with smoked ham hocks, but smoked turkey drumsticks are a great substitute and yield more meat than ham hocks.
This recipe was featured as part of our Slow Cooker Recipes for Hot Summer Days.