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Collard Green Won Tons


4 ounces ham hocks, smoked turkey wings, or smoked neck bones

1 teaspoon of seasoning (combination of salt, black pepper, and garlic powder)

1 teaspoon seasoned salt

1 tablespoon hot pepper sauce

Olive oil, for drizzling

½ large bunch collard greens

4 tablespoons butter

1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened

70 to 80 wonton wrappers

Peanut oil, for frying


In a large pot, bring 1 ½ quarts water to a boil and add smoked meat, seasoning, seasoned salt, hot sauce and a drizzle of olive oil. Reduce heat to medium and cook for 1 hour.

Meanwhile, wash collard greens thoroughly. Remove the thick stem that runs down the center of the greens by holding the leaf in your left hand and stripping the leaf down with your right hand. Stack 6 to 8 leaves on top of each other, roll up and slice into ½ to 1-inch thick slices. Place greens in pot. Add butter. Cook, stirring occasionally, until greens are tender, about 45 minutes to 1 hour. When done, taste and adjust seasoning.

Remove collard greens from broth and transfer to a large bowl. Mix in softened cream cheese. To assemble, place a spoonful of mixture in the center of a wonton wrapper and fold into a triangle, pressing to seal. Repeat with remaining wrappers. Heat several inches of peanut oil in a heavy deep pot to 350 degrees F. Fry wontons in batches until golden brown, about 2 to 3 minutes per batch. Drain on paper towels. Best if served immediately.