Potlikker is traditionally the flavorful liquid left behind after boiling greens such as collards. Here, smoked sausage, onion, and roasted red bell pepper are added to the to impart even more flavor. The mixture will cook on LOW for five to six hours, creating a wonderfully fragrant and utterly delicious one-pot meal. If you like a little spice, serve with hot sauce. Browning the sausage in a skillet before adding to the slow cooker gives the entire recipe a delicious smokey flavor. If you're looking for an easy and impressive veggie to serve with your main meal, this potlikker recipe makes a hearty side dish that we know everyone will love. Or, it can transform into the main attraction by serving with white boil-in-bag rice for a meal that will leave your family completely satisfied. This recipe serves six but you can easily double it if you are serving a crowd—just be sure your slow cooker is big enough to handle all the ingredients. If you're a fan of greens, check out our recipe collection for even more delicious ideas. We've found fantastic ways to add greens to brothy soups, pot pie, pasta, pesto, and even mashed potatoes! We have Mama-approved classic collard greens recipes and interesting twists that we know she'll also love. So, grab a bag of greens and head to the kitchen for these Southern-favorites that will soon be on your weekly rotation.

Southern Living


Credit: Jennifer Davick

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10 mins
5 hrs 10 mins
Serves 6


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  • Combine first 4 ingredients in a 6-quart slow cooker; cook on HIGH 1 hour. (This wilts the greens to accommodate the remaining ingredients.)

  • Meanwhile, cook sausage in a medium skillet until browned; drain. Add sausage, onion, peppers, and salt to slow cooker. Cover and cook on LOW 5 to 6 hours. Serve with hot sauce, if desired.