Vickie’s Collard Greens and Smoked Turkey Butt

As you approach the home of any descendant of Willie and Betty Cooper, you will hear the raucous laughter of a family that knows how to truly live, laugh and love. Willie and Betty raised five biological children and three foster children in their modest home in Albion. They are a family that believes in a generous spirit, generous laughter, and generous helpings! Their recipes have transformed over time, but everyone is always welcome at the table.

1-2 smoked turkey butts (depends on how large they are)
3 bunches collard greens
1 small sweet onion, chopped fine
2 cloves of garlic, chopped (can also use garlic powder)
1 tsp. crushed red pepper
1 tablespoon sugar (I use stevia)
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Wash and clean turkey butt(s).  In large pot, cover turkey butt with water and boil for 1 hour or til tender.

Pick and wash greens.  Make sure you remove most of the stem.  Chop leaves coarsely.  Add all ingredients to pot w/turkey butt.  Cook on medium heat for 1.5 hours adding water if needed.

Vickie shows me how to fold and rip the bitter stem of the green, and then roll and cut.
Vickie shows me how to fold and rip the bitter stem of the green, and then roll and cut.

This is a basic recipe.  You can make it your own by experimenting with different seasonings and making it a family favorite.  Enjoy—Happy Thanksgiving from the (Cooper) Elsenheimer family to yours.

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