Any greens or combination of greens can be used for this recipe. The sisters love greens of any kind. In the south it is a tradition to have greens on New Year’s Day. Traditionally, southerners eat collard greens on New Years. I wanted something a little different so I chose turnip greens. Greens symbolize economic fortune in the New Year. We not only eat greens on New Year’s Day but all year long. We have not been blessed with economic fortune yet but we have been blessed with so much more. Another tradition is to eat pork. Pigs symbolize progress. So we have added plenty of pork to this recipe. Happy New Years to you and we wish you all, large fortunes and progress in the New Year.
Turnip Greens and Roots (Crock Pot)
1 pound Smoked pork neck bones
5 chicken bouillon cubes
3 quarts water
2 pounds turnip greens, washed, cut and stems removed
1 pound turnip roots, peeled and cubed
1 small onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced, or more to taste
Salt to taste
1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar
Place the neck bones in a large pot. Add 3 quarts of water and the chicken bouillon cubes and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and cook for one hour. Wash greens thoroughly and discard stems. Place greens, roots, onion, garlic, salt, and vinegar. Pour the broth and meat over the greens. Cover and cook on high until greens and roots are tender, about 2 ½ – 3 hours. Serve with plenty of hoe cakes for sopping the pot liquor.
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