Lucky New Year: Turnip Greens for Prosperity

Lucky New Year: Turnip Greens for Prosperity is said to help find wealth; maybe so, maybe not, but the great taste is a sure thing.
Braised Turnip Greens with Potatoes

Braised Turnip Greens with Potatoes

by Sue Lau | Palatable Pastime

This is a great way to make tender southern style greens on the stove top. It does take about an hour to get tender as I like it, but it is very good, seasoned with all the right things to bring out its best flavor. The potatoes add an extra filling touch, absorbing some of the flavor of this side dish into them. Paired with a southern style main entree such as grilled catfish, and perhaps a piece of soft, freshly baked corn bread, this makes a very satisfying meal.

As far as good luck goes, greens symbolize money, and to start the year off eating greens is said to ensure prosperity throughout the coming year. I do hope everyone’s year is prosperous. And healthy, happy, and palatable. I wouldn’t have it any other way!


Braised Turnip Greens with Potatoes

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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Braised Turnip Greens with Potatoes

  • 2 bunches fresh turnip greens
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
  • 3-5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 10-12 ounces smoked pork neck bones
  • 2 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • black pepper, to taste
  • Cajun spice, to taste
  • red pepper flakes, to taste
  • hot sauce, to taste
  • 1 pound waxy red potatoes, quartered


  1. Rinse greens several times to remove grit and drain.
  2. Fold greens leaf in half and slice off the thick stem (discard stems); chop greens and set aside.
  3. Heat oil in a large heavy pot and saute onions and thyme until onions soften, then stir in the greens, garlic, neck bones, broth, vinegar, hot sauce and seasonings to taste (add as much as you like- I don’t mention salt because most broths and especially Cajun spices are really salty, but add some to taste if it is needed.)
  4. Bring mixture to a boil, then cover, reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 40 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. Add chopped potatoes to pot, cover again and simmer for 20-25 minutes more or until potatoes are fork tender.

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