Mean Greens

These “mean greens” are a soul food lovers dream! With hot and cajun spices paired with your choice of turkey parts, these greens are the perfect addition to a catfish and mac n cheese dinner to feed the soul. Total cook time: 2 hours



  • 4 16oz bags mustard greens (we used Glory Foods Brand)

  • 3 pieces smoked turkey meat (we used tails, but bones, necks, etc. will also taste yummy!)

  • 1 large white onion

  • 6 gloves fresh garlic

  • 2 containers free range chicken broth (or veggie depending on preference)

  • Crushed red pepper

  • Black pepper

  • Seasoning salt 3tbs (or to taste)
  • Creole seasoning 3tbs ( or to taste?
  • Water


  1. Drizzle a small amount of olive oil in a large stock pot and place your turkey tails in the pot whole
  2. Chop your onion and throw in pot followed by your garlic cloves (keep these whole)
  3. Add all 3 bags of greens to your pot (rinse if needed- ours came pre-washed)
  4. Cover your mixture with the chicken broth until greens are fully coated and add about 5-7 cups of water (water is optional -to dilute the saltiness of the broth)
  5. Place pot on the stove and turn the heat to high and stir
  6. After greens have had a chance to soak for 15-20 mins, add in about a spoonful of black pepper, seasoning salt and creole seasoning(to taste) and crushed red pepper flakes. Stir the seasonings into the mixture.
  7. Cover your mixture, lower the heat to medium high heat let cook for 2 hours (about halfway through, remove the turkey tails and pull your meat off the bone. Return the meat to the pot and stir. Re-cover and let cook.
  8. Once your greens have wilted and the turkey is tender, your greens are ready to serve!
  9. Remove from heat and serve with your favorite soul food dish! Enjoy!



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