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September 16, 2018

Here at the Elevated Cook, we freak for collards, and feel there is only one way to cook them! Go get some ham hocks! You can use smoked turkey wings or even smoked tofu if you're on a health kick. We recommend a smoky ham broth, and then greens simmered slow on low. Trust us. Everyone who walks in the front door heads right to the kitchen to see what's cooking! Remember to put out some apple cider vinegar when you serve them right beside some cornbread...

2 Ham hocks
1 Bunch collard greens, cleaned, stemmed and rough chopped
1 Yellow onion, small dice
2 Envelopes ham bouillon (optional)
Salt and fresh cracked black pepper 
Apple cider vinegar 

Cover hocks in a medium sauce pot with about 3 quarts of water and simmer for 1 to 1 1/2 hours until very tender.  Strain broth into larger pot and add greens, onion, bouillon and bring to a gentle simmer.  Continue to cook slowly, stirring occasionally until tender (around 1 hour).  When cool enough to handle, clean meat from ham hocks and chop or shred and add to greens.  Check for salt and add a good amount of black pepper.  Serve with small bowls, vinegar and you better have cornbread!