Collard Greens Recipe

Part two of our good luck eats recipes is one I found online via the Charleston City Paper (Charleston, SC).

Collard greens are a southern staple and symbolic of wealth…money. This recipe was definitely loaded…with FLAVOR.

Here’s our take on good luck greens (find the original write up here)


Collards…I picked about 2-3 pounds, folded leaves in half and de-stemmed then cut in ribbons

1 1/2 cups cider vinegar

1 tablespoon of homemade hot (ghost pepper) sauce from J&S Creations

1/4 cup brown sugar

1 tablespoon Kosher salt

2 quarts water (or chicken broth)

Optional – ham hock, smoked pork or bacon. We were having ham, so I added a little chopped ham to the mix.


  • Bring water to a simmer and add vinegar, hot sauce, brown sugar and salt. If using a ham hock, add it now, too. Simmer for 20-30 minutes.
  • Add collard greens and chopped ham.
  • Simmer all lightly for 2-3 hours.

Simple. Tangy. Fresh. Bring on the riches!


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