Classic Southern Mixed Greens Recipe: Growing Greens | P. Allen Smith

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In this video Garden Home Host P. Allen Smith heads to the Moss Mountain Farm vegetable garden where he is growing and harvesting fall greens for a classic Southern mixed greens recipe.

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“As a Southern boy, there are certain things that my garden would feel incomplete without. Tomatoes, peppers, snap peas, and of course, greens.”
~P. Allen Smith

1/2 lb bacon; Chopped (or ¼ cup of Vegetable Oil)
1 large red onion; Chopped
3-4 Chopped Turnips
1 Bunch each Collard, Mustard, Turnip Greens; washed, trimmed and chopped
1-2 tsp of Red Pepper Flakes
½ cup of Chicken Broth
Salt and Ground Pepper to Taste
2-3 Cups of water (as needed)

Fry the bacon with the onion and turnips in a large skillet over medium heat until the bacon is cooked and the turnips begin to soften, about 10-12 minutes. (If you don’t want to use bacon, you may want to add a ¼ cup of Vegetable Oil) Add in the chopped greens, and cook and stir until almost tender; season with salt, black pepper, 1-2 teaspoons of red pepper flakes and ½ cup of of chicken broth. Stir well; cover and cook until tender, for about 10-15 more minutes. Stirring occasionally so that the greens do not scorch.

Serves 4-6 people

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The Tin Can Gardener says:

Great video, I just love growing greens a true super food!

joel quintana says:

Thank you . I am learning to do all this new vegetables for me.

O L says:

So happy to have found your youtube channel. Loved watching your shows in the past.

Hibiscus House says:

Thanks for the video ! We love our greens here for sure! Dolly

rj gecko says:

Do you grow kale? Collards and kale cooked together are delicious.

Bobbe Duran says:

Yum! Yes, you have inspired me to grow more greens and turnips too. Growing in my Southern California mini garden, a lot of lettuce. Different types and it looks beautiful at the moment. Love gardening in the fall.

Rita Ferrall says:

I enjoyed the video. You prepared them in the same manner as my father and mother!

Joy Clarke says:

I so enjoy watching you get into your garden and show us how to cook what you harvest, Allen. Many thanks!

The Athenaeum says:

My Grandma, who was from Georgia, always cooked her greens with "fat back", and apple cider vinegar. As a small child, this was the worst smelling stuff on the planet. I would hide at dinner time only to be dragged back to the table crying. Collard and mustard greens scare me the most.The good thing to come out of this is that I love eating most of my vegetables raw 🙂 My Grandma has been gone for many years now but some of my favorite memories include going out to her "collard tree" and picking her the tenderest leaves for her dinner.

barbara Fitch says:

Thank you! I have been watching you for a very long time. I really appreciate you sharing your videos. Thank you again! Yes, I love greens and they are currently growing in my garden in N. Florida. I did try the Ralston Family Farm Jasmine Rice after seeing they were one of your sponsors and it is EXCELLENT

Wesley Wright says:

I just made a mess of collard greens yesterday, and I'll be making more next week for Thanksgiving. My great grandpa always grew them, I've never grown any, but maybe next year.

Jackie Horsley says:

your greens look really fabulous I love greens and turnups thanks for the recipe I well definitely be making that

13soap13 says:

A lot of my customers in the produce department where I work always add smoked turkey parts to their greens. A pressure cooker makes easy work of tender, flavorful greens! Thanks for sharing.

Christine Pops says:

Now I'm really craving greens! And I'm going to try your recipe, sounds wonderful. One of my favorite ways to cook greens is inspired by my love of spanakopita. Saute leek and garlic and add any variety of greens. Season with dill, pinch of salt, and pepper. When greens are about half wilted, remove from heat and stir in a couple of tablespoons of crumbled feta cheese. By the time you grab a bowl and fork, the greens will be perfectly cooked and the salty feta just starting to melt. Serve with a lemon wedge.

Cat&Fish M. says:

Have ordered many greens for next spring, love them so much. 👍🏻

Candie Smith says:

Enjoyed this video! Eager to try some mixed greens.

willothewispl says:

Looks yummy.

CharlotteCMGH says:

Collard greens for Thanksgiving. Southern girl here. Loves her greens. Thanks, Allen. Wonderful video. Happy Thanksgiving to you.

MVIsland says:

I love these cooking videos as much as I love the gardening videos's

Carole M says:

Thank you Allen you are very good in the kitchen the greens look delicious 😋 and you are really inspiring with growing all of the greens 🥬 and your blueberry muffin recipe is delicious 😋.

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