“Us Up North” Cabbage Greens

In CHEF H.D. HARRIS, Home and Entertaining, Jim Noetzel by Lola Magazine

Written By Chef Hardette Harris, The Boss of Southern Cuisine


1 large cabbage 2½ – 3 lbs., select one with green outer leaves

1½ C sliced smoked sausage*

3 large smoked turkey necks*

½  med onion yellow chopped

½ green bell pepper small chopped 

2 C water

2 T seasoned salt

1 T garlic powder

1 tsp onion powder

Salt & Pepper to taste

  1. Cover turkey with water and boil until the meat is tender but not falling apart (about 45-50 min). 
  2. Saute onions, bell pepper, and sausage until sausage is brown and vegetables are tender.
  3. Chop cabbage into strips or 2-inch bite-sized pieces reserving one green leaf.  Do not chop that leaf. Remove and discard core. Wash leaves until water runs clear.
  4. In a medium pot, toss cabbage in onion mixture with water and smoked meat.  Cover and cook over medium heat for about 25 minutes or until desired tenderness.
  5. Adjust seasonings.

Serves 6-8

*use more or less and substitute for ham hocks if desired*

From my Mom, Mrs. Thelda Harris: Take the one-dollar bill and wrap it in the reserved green leaf. Place it next to the money in your wallet. It will bring you good luck and prosperity throughout the year, never having to use your “last dollar.”  New Years 2021, toss the leaf and repeat.