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Country Turnip Greens Recipe
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Country Turnip Greens Recipe

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This easy recipe results in a delicious dish of cooked greens sure to please any palate. The key is the rich flavor of pork and onion simmered with the fresh greens.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 45 min.
MAKES:8-10 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 45 min.
MAKES: 8-10 servings


  • 3/4 pound lean salt pork or bacon, diced
  • 4-1/2 pounds fresh turnip greens, trimmed
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1/2 cup) equals 317 calories, 28 g fat (10 g saturated fat), 29 mg cholesterol, 622 mg sodium, 14 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 4 g protein.


  1. In a Dutch oven, cook salt pork until lightly browned. Drain, reserving 2 tablespoons of drippings.
  2. Stir the remaining ingredients into the reserved drippings. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 45 minutes or until greens are tender. Yield: 8-10 servings.
Editor's Note: Fresh spinach can be substituted for the turnip greens. Reduce the cooking time to 10 minutes or until spinach is tender.
Originally published as Country Turnip Greens in Taste of Home December/January 2000, p35

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Reviewed Nov. 2, 2014

"This is a good recipe. But I made it better for my taste by using 1 cup of chicken broth and 1/2 cup of water. I use a little extra sugar as well. I also like to mix mustard greens in with the turnip greens."

Reviewed Jun. 23, 2014

"Turnip greens are just so bitter, maybe if I liked turnip greens it would be good,"

Reviewed Feb. 29, 2008

"My husband loves turnip greens and waxed nostalgic about those his grandmother fixed. I never cared for turnip greens and never attempted to prepare them until I found this recipe. Guess what? Now I'm a turnip-greens fan and hubby eats this dish with great pleasure."

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