Turnip Greens with Cornmeal Dumplings

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Servings: 4 to 6
Prep Time: 30 min
Cook Time: 2 hours 30 min
Difficulty: Easy

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3/4 pound smoked meat (smoked turkey wings are excellent)
4 quarts water
1 teaspoon Paula Deen’s House Seasoning
2 chicken bouillon cubes
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1 bunch turnip greens with roots
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter
1 teaspoon sugar (optional; may be used if greens are bitter)

Cornmeal Dumplings
1 cup all-purpose cornmeal
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 small onion, chopped
1 egg
2/3 cup liquid from cooked turnips


Place smoked meat in water along with House Seasoning, bouillon, and ginger.  Cook over low heat for 1 1/2 hours.  Strip turnip leaves free of the big stem that runs down the center of each leaf.  Wash in a sink full of clean water.  Drain and wash twice more, since greens can often be sand.  Peel and slice or quarter roots.  Add greens to meat; cook for another 30 minutes, stirring often.  Add roots and continue to cook for approximately 15 minutes, or until roots are tender.  (Reserve 2/3 cup liquid after cooking if making dumplings.)  Add butter and dumplings (if desired) and serve.

Cornmeal Dumplings

Mix all ingredients together.  Dipping by teaspoonfuls, gently roll batter in the palms of your hands into approximately 1-inch balls; drop into boiling turnip liquid Make sure each dumpling is completely covered in liquid by shaking the pot gently; do not stir.  Boil for about 10 minutes.

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Reader Comments:


Sounds yummy. Can't wait to try it.

By Mary.Jane on July 01, 2013


cant wait to make and taste your recipe for your greens with dumplings. my mouth is just watering like crazy for them FANTASTIC!

By carla wilson on August 06, 2011


what is all purpose cornmeal please

By connie on July 20, 2011

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