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Truly Tasty Turnips with Greens

This savory dish is a hit at every church dinner. Adjust the seasonings as you please to make the recipe your own. —Amy Inman, Hiddenite, North Carolina
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Cook: 5 hours
  • Makes
    14 servings


  • 2-3/4 pounds turnips, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 bunch fresh turnip greens (about 12 ounces), chopped
  • 8 ounces cubed fully cooked country ham or 2 smoked ham hocks (about 1-1/2 pounds)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons coarsely ground pepper
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 2 cartons (32 ounces each) chicken broth


  • In a greased 6- or 7-qt. slow cooker, combine all ingredients. Cook, covered, on low 5-6 hours or until vegetables are tender, stirring once. If using ham hocks, remove meat from bones when cool enough to handle; cut ham into small pieces and return to slow cooker. Serve with a slotted spoon.

Test Kitchen tips
  • Sugar is added to many recipes for turnip greens to offset their somewhat bitter flavor.
  • Nutrition Facts
    3/4 cup: 58 calories, 1g fat (0 saturated fat), 9mg cholesterol, 514mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 2g fiber), 5g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 lean meat, 1 vegetable.

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    • OwlTree
      Dec 12, 2020

      This is incredibly close to the delicious turnips that my sainted mother cooked, except she used water instead of chicken broth and not so much black pepper. I will follow the recipe as printed and enjoy them with black eyed peas and cornbread (unsweet, my preference) on New Year's day and hope for good luck as I remember those wonderful times lingering in my mother's kitchen while she prepared southern food generously seasoned with love. Thank you, Amy!

    • Joseph
      Jul 7, 2019

      Recipe looked familiar so I gave it a try. Yes! This is as close to what I remember what my Mother cooked. It is delicious and will be my go to Turnip Green recipe. Most recipes didn't call for Turnips. Love the extra flavor.