How to make it

  • Bring the leaves to a boil in a large pot, allow to cook for about 15 minutes.
  • Drain the water from the pot and refill the pot with fresh water.
  • Bring the pot to a boil again and allow to cook for about 15 minutes. or until the leaves turn an olive green color.
  • Drain the leaves and rinse with cold water.
  • Squeeze the water from the leaves like you would do with spinach, return leaves to pot.
  • Pour the bacon drippings onto the leaves and add the onions.
  • Cover and allow to cook until the onions are very tender, then serve.
  • Keep the bacon for a later use in another dish of your choice.

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  • Chattanoogachick 4 years ago
    This sounds sort of like we always fixed ours, only after cooking in water the third time, we would drain it. We then would put it in a pan with the bacon grease, onions, and heat , then add six eggs and some Old Bay , then scramble them into the greens. Man was this good with bacon and fried potatoes for supper. I still do this to spinach now and then still since Its hard to find poke salad where I live now and spinach tastes like a mild version of the poke.
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  • Kozmichippychica 6 years ago
    I have a friend who is going to help me;'teach me' how to make poke salad...yet after reading one of the reviews,I'm wondering if I should!!!
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  • LMCGRAD30 7 years ago
    polk salad is a wonderful flavorful dish that can be prepard safely and provide a wonderful spring and summer side dish for you and your family. Poke salad comes from the pokeberry plant and has been being eated in the south since the early colonial period. My family has been preparing and eating polk salad since the 1800's and the recipe has been passed down from then. I enjoy my poke sald with jalapenos, fatback boiled and fried, using the grease to fry my polk salad. If you have any question in the preparation of this dish I can certainly offer suggestions. I have never been sick or known anyone get sick from eating this plant , but you can't trust everyone's method of preparing this delicious dish.
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  • jboisser 8 years ago
    Poke is actually mildly poisonous. Contact your local State agriculture dept. Have some collards cooked with bacon instead.
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  • chocolatechip 10 years ago
    I may have a memory of my family mentioning this when I was very young.I grew up in the south. Anyway,are poke greens collards or turnip greens?
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  • paprikamama 10 years ago
    Im wondering if this is like a kale ?????...sounds very good...I love spinach and other greens.....would like to try this if I knew where to get poke.....
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  • borinda 10 years ago
    Yes, I wondered as well about "poke". I know the song "Poke Salad Annie" but the actual food is a mystery to me. Essentially not a regional item all of us are familiar with, it seems.
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  • 1spartica 10 years ago
    Is there another name for Poke Greens?

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