Sunday, December 27, 2020

Cheater Collards and Ham

 Please do not throw the stale cornbread at me for posting about my Cheater Collards.    

I can duck. 

Why am I showing this today?  Well, I'm part of a group called Sunday Funday, and we are assigned a theme and post about it, every Sunday.  I don't always participate, but this time I did.  This time the theme was "Let's Ring in the New Year 2021 With Your Special Dish.   Our guest hostess is Sneha from Sneha's Recipe. I almost forgot to add that. sigh.  

We actually have rotating hostesses for this as well.  I knew I'd forgotten something when I wrote this in my post Christmas madness.   And I need to make it up to them.  I'll tell you all about them in a separate post though.

Here in the South, the New Year is begun with Greens and Blackeyed Peas, to bring you luck in the New Year. 

I didn't do any Blackeyed Peas today, cause I'll be doing a Danish meal on New Years, but I might make some more of this for lunch that day. 
I love Collards.

'Cheater' Collards and Ham

Let me explain about my cheater Collards and Ham.   I love Collards and Ham, but it can take a little while to get it nicely simmered down, and ready to eat.   

I get impatient, I do.   Especially waiting for the deliciousness of the collards to cook down.  

A few weeks ago, I found some canned Collards in the store, and bought a can, ate it and then bought several more to keep on hand.  

I also write the use by date on the front of my cans, cause I don't always want to try and find my glasses to see the teeny tiny print that is hidden on the bottom of the can. I want to be able to look and see at a glance, the use by date.  This also helps me to rotate stuff.  I put the newest purchases in the back and the oldest at the front so I can use them up in a timely fashion.

Canned Collards

Of course, I didn't just open a can and dump it into a pot and heat it.   I added some good chicken stock and some ham to it, let it simmer for a little bit, made some cornbread and feasted on it all. 

My mouth did a happy dance, in fact I'm not sure but that it did a whole cotillion's worth of dances in there.  

I even made a riff on my Skillet Top Cornbread.  I didn't have any hush puppy mix, but I did have some chives in the garden so I chopped some up and added it to the cornbread.   I'd thought of making some  Toaster Oven Cornbread, and  I even toyed with making some Cornbread with Smaltz, but didn't have any smaltz left.  I did have some leftover glazed carrots from dinner the other night and used some of it in the cornbread as well.   

I  also had lots of ham left from our meal on Christmas Day, and used some of it, OK, I used a lot.  


'Cheater' Collards and Ham

'Cheater' Collards and Ham

'Cheater' Collards and Ham

Yield: 2 Servings
Author: Sid's Sea Palm Cooking
Prep time: 5 MinCook time: 30 MinTotal time: 35 Min
This is a quick and easy and delicious way to make quick Collards and Ham for New Years or any time.


  • 1 Can Seasoned Collard Greens
  • 1 cup Chicken Stock
  • 1/2 -1 cup diced Ham


  1. Simmer the can of Collard Greens, and Ham in the Chicken Stock for 30 minutes and serve with some Cornbread, or Cornbread Muffins.



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  1. Canned collards! You do live in the South! I wish I could find that here. I love your tip on putting the date on things. I just found something that had 2015 on it!

    1. I do, I really do. Collard Greens are all over the place here, I've been gifted greens from friends gardens, bought fresh greens at the store, and even found them frozen. However, the canned ones, are going to be a pantry staple for me, from now on.
      I'm glad I'm not the only one who 'loses's stuff in the pantry. I found a package of dates, that were as hard as rock a few weeks ago. I'd bought them to make a cake like one my mother used to make, and then couldn't find the right recipe. The dates, were out of date by a few years. sigh.

  2. Great way to use up some of that leftover ham. I'm all about easy the week following Christmas.

    1. I made ham and eggs this morning, have the ham bone simmering on the stove, and froze the rest of the ham. At least we'll have a couple of easy meals this week.


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