Ham, greens, and cornbread? Now that's a tasty trio. From bacon to carnitas to BBQ, pork has hit prime time nationally. This recipe featuring ham and two Southern staples, greens and cornbread, continues to be a go-to dinner for our food editors. 


Credit: Hector M Sanchez

Recipe Summary

1 hr
35 mins
Makes 8 to 10 servings


Cornbread Crust Batter


Instructions Checklist
  • Sauté ham in hot oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat 5 minutes or until lightly browned. Add 3 tbsp flour to Dutch oven, and cook, stirring constantly, 1 minute. Gradually add chicken broth, and cook, stirring constantly, 3 minutes or until broth begins to thicken.

  • Bring mixture to a boil, and add onion, bell pepper, and celery mix and collard greens; return to a boil, and cook, stirring often, 15 minutes. Stir in black-eyed peas and crushed red pepper; spoon hot mixture into a lightly greased (with cooking spray) 13- x 9-inch baking dish. Pour Cornbread Crust Batter evenly over hot filling mixture.

  • To Make Cornbread Crust Batter: Combine first 3 ingredients; make a well in the center of mixture. Add eggs and buttermilk to cornmeal mixture, stirring just until moistened.

  • Bake at 425° for 20 to 25 minutes or until cornbread is golden brown and set. 

  • Note: We tested with Swanson 100% Natural Chicken Broth.