New Year’s Day Dinner at our house when I was growing up was always the same thing every year. My mom always served ham, turnip greens, black-eyed peas, corn, cornbread and rolls.
She was a true Southern cook and she cooked black eyed peas and turnip greens for good luck and prosperity in the new year.
She now has Alzheimer’s and is not been able to cook anymore so I thought I would do the honors and carry on the tradition.
Chopped Turnip Greens Recipe
1 pound turnip greens, chopped (can use frozen turnip greens)
1 (14 ounce) can chicken broth
1 1/2 cups water
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 sweet onion, chopped
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 slices bacon
1 tablespoon butter
Sauté the onions until softened.
Bring chicken broth, water, oil, salt, and pepper to a boil in a stockpot.
Add turnip greens, onions and bacon and return to a boil.
Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer.
Stir every 15 minutes, until greens are tender.
Cook 30 minutes to an hour.
Discard bacon before serving.