Turnip Greens and Ham Hocks

Turnip greens and ham hocks are a great dish to serve on New Years Day or any other day of the year for that matter. On New Years day, you need to serve a green leafy vegetable to insure an abundance of money through out the coming year, and turnip greens just happens to be a green leafy vegetable! How convienent!  This recipe for turnip greens and ham hocks has been in my family for generations, I hope you enjoy it.

2 bunches of fresh turnip greens

1 bunch of fresh collards

2 ham hocks ( bacon or ham may be used)

2 turnips (peeled and diced)

1 small onion chopped

2 jalapenos (remove seeds for mild, leave seeds for hot)

3 eggs

2 tablespoons cooking oil

salt to taste

Prepare your turnip greens and collard greens by removing the stems and large veins.

Bring 3 cups of water to a full rolling boil. Place the ham hocks into the water and boil for 30 minutes. Add your turnip greens, collard greens, diced turnips and jalapenos. Boil for 20 minutes. Add the chopped onion. Crack the eggs into the boiling greens, do ot stir. Let the eggs cook for a few minutes, until they set. Then gently stir, to make sure they cook completely. Add coooking oil and salt.

These turnip greens and ham hocks are perfect served with ham or pork roast, black eyed peas, candied sweet potatoes and corn bread. Just don’t limit yourself to only serving them on New Years. This recipe for turnip greens and ham hocks is good any time of the year!