…can mean many things but to me, a good bowl of seasoned turnips and hot cornbread to soak up the ‘pot-likker’ is one that tops my list.
We southerners are fond of our ‘likker’ and if made correctly, could drink it from a cup, not to mention that’s where most of the vitamins from the greens end up anyway. I cook my turnips pretty much the same as I do collards. The secret to good greens is the seasoned stock and down here that means some form of smoked meat. I like to use smoked ham hocks, neckbones, hickory smoked sausage links even turkey legs along with bacon of course as this is one dish that requires bacon. Heck, if you’re not using bacon, don’t bother cooking a mess of greens, well, at least don’t call them southern greens and what ever you do, do not use the words ‘pot-likker’ in the same sentence.
One of my favorite additions to greens is pepper sauce, the almost clear liquid kind made from small green peppers and vinegar. Many fine eating establishments have bottles of this right on the table down here, which is a good thing and one I look for when choosing country-style eateries. I normally save myself the trouble of adding this at the end by going ahead and incorporating into the pot while simmering the stock. Any hot chile will do, jalapeno or Serrano is what I normally throw in.
Now, lets get to cooking:
1 teaspoon salt
1 to 2 teaspoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
In a large stockpot fry bacon until fat is rendered and remove meat. Add to the grease 3 to 4 cups of chicken stock and bring to a boil. Add the remaining above ingredients. Return to a boil and simmer on medium low for 30 minutes to an hour. Remove hocks to a plate, let cool to the touch and strip away any meat. Add the meat back to the pot and discard the bones.
|pot-likker & greens|
3 to 4 leaves of mustard or kale greens
Clean greens thoroughly to remove grit by washing several times in cold deep water. Drain well. Remove the tougher stalks as needed. Chop greens into 1-inch squares. Add the greens to the pot; bring to a boil and reduce heat to low simmer for 30 minutes. Toss the greens around from time to time. Check seasoning and continue simmering on very low for 1 to 2 hours for tender wilted greens or 3 to 4 hours for good ol’ southern style mushy greens.