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couve or brazilian collard greens on a white plate

Couve a mineira (aka Brazilian Collard Greens

Brazilian collard greens with ham hocks is a quick, flavorful side dish. This easy collard greens recipe is great as a weeknight side.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Brazilian
Servings: 8
Calories: 198kcal
Author: Marwin Brown


  • 2 pounds collard greens 2 to 3 large bunches, stems removed
  • 5 to 6 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 onion diced
  • 2 ham hocks meat removed and diced into small piece
  • 1 teaspoon  kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste


  • Wash the collard greens well and drain. Stack a few leaves at a time, then roll them tightly into a cigar. Thinly slice the leaves crosswise into thin shreds.
  • Heat the olive oil in a heavy skillet over medium heat. Add the ham hocks, onions, garlic and salt, cooking and stirring until the mixture is highly aromatic, about 4-5 minutes.
  • Add the greens, and sauté 3 or 4 minutes until they are bright green in color and starting to soften. Using tongues stir them as necessary to mix the greens well with the hocks, garlic and onions.
  • Season greens with more salt and pepper to taste, and serve immediately.



Chop the ham hocks in a food processor for convenience and speed


Calories: 198kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 36mg | Sodium: 341mg | Potassium: 389mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 5691IU | Vitamin C: 42mg | Calcium: 276mg | Iron: 1mg
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