Southern Style Mustard Greens have a nice peppery flavor and are a great side item with any kind of Southern cooking or Soul Food. I love the mustard greens with a splash of spicy vinegar or hot sauce on them. The mild mustard flavor of the greens is great with a lot of southern style meals and recipes. I particularly love them as a side with a pot of beans and cornbread.
The leaves of the mustard greens are huge, and they have a large fibrous stem. The stem has a texture identical to celery and a very mild flavor. Although many cooks discard the stem, I like to dice it and cook it the same way you would cook celery. Using the stem in the mustard greens recipe is optional. However, I can’t see throwing away that much food, waste not, want not.
Southern cooking doesn’t get much better than a pot of simmering mustard greens. Add a smoky ham hock, turkey leg, or bacon in the mix for great flavor and protein. Hit them with a little spicy vinegar or hot sauce at the end and they are pure Soul Food Heaven. Since I am serving this with my Good Luck Black Eyed Peas today, I am using smoky bacon in the mustard greens. The black-eyed peas have smoked turkey legs in them. If you don’t eat pork, this recipe is great with smoked turkey.
Southern Style Mustard Greens Ingredients
- Mustard Greens: Mustard greens are from the plant the produces the mustard seed. Part of the Brassica family the leaves are large flat leaves with a heavy fibrous stem the texture similar to celery. Both the leaves and stem are edible, but the stem should be cut into small dice and cooked for a longer period of time. The way you would cook celery.
- Bacon: I brown the bacon and set it aside, using the bacon grease to sauté the onions, garlic, and stems from the mustard greens. I leave the crispy bacon on the side to sprinkle on top as a garnish.
- Onions, Garlic, and Mustard Green Stems: Diced and sautéed until soft, these add great flavor to the mustard greens. The stems are optional, but I like them.
- Brown Mustard and Vinegar: The mustard greens have a delicate mustard flavor. The brown mustard and vinegar reinforce this flavor and give it a nice peppery kick.
- Seasonings: Salt and Red Pepper Flakes. Nothing fancy as far as the seasonings go, but the red pepper flakes give the greens a nice kick from the heat.
Here is my recipe for Southern Style Mustard Greens
Southern Style Mustard Greens
- 1/2 Pound Bacon 1/2-inch dice, crispy
- 2 Tablespoons Bacon Grease
- 2 Bunches Mustard Greens Stems, 1/4-inch dice. Greens large rough chopped
- 2 Tablespoons Brown Mustard
- 1 Cup Onion 1/4-inch dice
- 2 Teaspoons Garlic Crushed and chopped
- 1 Teaspoon Salt
- 1/2 Teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes
- 2 Tablespoons White Wine Vinegar
- Trappy's Spicy Vinegar
- In a large covered pot, fry the bacon until crisp. Set the bacon aside and discard all but 2-tablespoons of bacon grease.
- Sauté the onions and the diced mustard green stems in the bacon grease until softened. Then add the garlic and sauté for 1 minute.
- Rinse the greens well and add the wet greens to the pot. Add all remaining ingredients and cover, steam until the greens are wilted.