1 ham hock, preferably not smoked
1 t. crushed red pepper flakes
4 pounds collard greens
1/4 C. cider vinegar
1 T. chopped onion
About 1 t. sugar
Salt and black or cayenne pepper
1/2 C. finely chopped mushrooms
1/8 t. cumin
1/4 t. dried, crumbled rosemary
Scrub the ham hock with a vegetable brush under cold running water. Place it in
a pot with cold water to cover. Add the red pepper flakes, put on the lid, bring
to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer until tender, 45 minutes to 1 hour. Add
more water if necessary.
During this time, wash collard greens and discard bruised or discolored leaves
and thick stems. Tear the leaves into smaller pieces (or fold the leaves in half
lengthwise, fold again and cut them until the pieces are small enough to eat
When the hock is done, add the greens, vinegar, onion, sugar, salt and black (or
cayenne) pepper and mushrooms. Lower the heat and simmer for 15 minutes, then
add the cumin and rosemary. Continue simmering until tender, about 30 to 45
minutes more, stirring occasionally. Hot pepper sauce can be served on the side.
Serves 8 to 10.