Truly Tasty Turnips with Greens

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Cook: 5 hours


14 servings

Updated: Jun. 13, 2023
These savory greens are a hit at every church dinner I take them to. Adjust the seasonings as you please to make this recipe your own. —Amy Inman, Hiddenite, North Carolina
Truly Tasty Turnips with Greens Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 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


  1. 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

    0.750 cup: 58 calories, 1g fat (0 saturated fat), 9mg cholesterol, 514mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 2g fiber), 5g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 vegetable, 1 lean meat.