Southern Turnip Greens

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Quick Facts

Servings: 8
Prep Time: 20 min.
Cook Time: 50 min.
Total: 1 hr. 10 min.
Angie McGowan
Turnip greens and their roots are a Southern staple—drizzle with hot pepper sauce to add heat.


  • 2 Tbs olive oil
  • 6 turnip roots, diced
  • 1 large sweet onion, diced
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 lb turnip greens
  • Water
  • 1 smoked ham hock (or turkey)


  • Preheat a large soup pot. Drizzle with oil. Add turnip roots and onions. Add a little kosher salt. Sauté until the roots begin to be transparent.
  • Add turnip greens, then add water about 1/3 way up the pot so that 1/3 of the fresh greens are in the water.
  • Add a little more kosher salt and the ham hock. Don't stir for a while and leave turnip roots and onions on the bottom so they can cook more.
  • Cook the turnip greens and their roots for a couple of hours, over medium-low heat. Cook until almost all of the water has evaporated.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 225
  Calories from Fat 89 (40%)
(15%)Total Fat 10g
(13%)Saturated Fat 3g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
(23%)Cholesterol 68mg
(7%)Sodium 180mg
(18%)Potassium 628mg
Total Carbohydrate 9g
(9%)Dietary Fiber 2g
Sugars 4g
Sugar Alcohols 0g
(49%)Protein 25g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Nutrition facts are calculated by a food expert using nutritional values provided by the USDA for common products used as recipe ingredients. Actual nutritional values may differ depending on the amounts or products used and can be affected by cooking methods.

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