Pot Likker

Greens, Southern Sides, Vegetables
This pot likker is so yummy and juicy and it's better than fondue. It'll make you want to dip everything inside it, including your corn bread.

This pot likker (pot liquor) is so yummy and juicy and it’s better than fondue. It’ll make you want to dip everything inside it, including your corn bread.


I’ll never forget the first time I heard the word pot likker. 

It came out of my grandfather’s mouth while we were eating lunch. He’d come in from the fields or hunting or wherever retired farmers spend their time, and we were eating some greens for lunch.

As per normal. Duh.

 We were dipping our corn bread into the greens and my papa said….

“This is some good pot likker.”

I was like, “Say what?” You know, to a young teenager hearing their grandfather talk about liquor was a tad disconcerting. 

Then he explained what it was. The best part of the greens. The salty porky liquid you can dip your corn bread into. 

And I so so agree.

pot liquor on a plate with corn bread

Pot Likker (Pot Liquor) You’ll Love

So you can get pot likker from any way you cook your greens. 

Here are two recipes for turnips and collards cooked in the instant pot that’ll give you the leftover juice you can dip your corn bread into. 

Recipes In The Instant Pot

Green Recipes That'll Give You Pot Likker

These instant pot green recipes will give you the best pot likker recipes around.

If you’d rather cook your greens on a stove top pot

If you don’t have an instant pot and want to cook your greens on the stovetop, here are some basic rules of thumb.

Ingredients

  • Oil (flavorless) 
  • Greens
  • Stock (or water)
  • Ham hock (or bacon or your favorite pork)
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Red pepper flakes (optional)
  • Onion
  • Garlic

And now, here’s how to get it on stove top. 

Directions

  1. In a large pot on your stove top, put some oil in the bottom of the pot and cook the onions until they soften, around 5 minutes. 
  2. Add garlic and cook until you can smell it (about a minute or less).
  3. Add crumbled bacon or ham hock to the pot. 
  4. Put in a pound of greens and, using tongs, get all the greens coated with the onion, garlic, and oil mixture. 
  5. Pour stock over the greens, cover, and cook for around 45 minutes until wilted. 
  6. Dish the greens out with a large spoon or ladle and enjoy the excess liquid. 

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Pot Likker

This pot likker is so yummy and juicy and it's better than fondue. It'll make you want to dip everything inside it, including your corn bread.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Southern
Keyword: dutch oven, stove top
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 508kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 lb greens
  • 1 onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 8 pieces bacon (or a ham hock) (bacon crumbled)
  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • pinch pepper
  • pinch red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsps oil

Instructions

  • In a large pot on your stove top, put some oil in the bottom of the pot and cook the onions until they soften, around 5 minutes. 
  • Add garlic and cook until you can smell it (about a minute or less).
  • Add crumbled bacon or ham hock to the pot. 
  • Put in a pound of greens and, using tongs, get all the greens coated with the onion, garlic, and oil mixture. 
  • Pour stock over the greens, cover, and cook for around 45 minutes until wilted. 
  • Dish the greens out with a large spoon or ladle and enjoy the excess pot likker. 

Nutrition

Calories: 508kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 40g | Fat: 35g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 145mg | Sodium: 762mg | Potassium: 693mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 644IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 3mg

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