This is my version of a recipe I stumbled across in a "comfort food" article in Cooking Light - so props to those guys. Of course it has changed to the point that they might not recognize it (or claim it!)
Give yourself an hour and a half before you want to eat, just to make sure everything is well-cooked and delish.
- 2 cups dried black-eyed peas (if you soak the peas overnight, you can cut down on the cooking time)
- 1 tbsp oil (safflower,peanut whattever ya got)
- 1 medium yellow onion, diced
- 8 oz or more of turkey or chicken andouille sausage, sliced (Applegate farms makes a spectacular one, and it really takes the dish from good to amazing. You can probably find it frozen at the health food store. If you don't have luck finding it, just use whatever you can find - Italian sausage, kielbasa...)
- 5-6 cups of chicken or vegetable broth (I like chicken broth)
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
- 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 14-oz can diced tomatoes (I like the fire-roasted ones)
- 1 bunch of mustard greens, collard greens, or kale - washed and diced (Or a bag of pre-washed, pre-diced. But wash them again anyway!)
Cooking it up:
- Sort and wash peas, set aside
- Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion, cook 3-5 minutes until tender, add sausage and cook 4-5 minutes until lightly browned (it's already cooked)
- Stir in 5 cups broth, bring to a boil. Stir in peas, salt, peppers, and bay leaves. Lower heat and simmer for 45 minutes.
- Stir in tomatoes. If using kale or collard greens, add them now. If mustard greens, wait.
- Simmer uncovered for 15 minutes until the peas and greens are soft, and the liquid has thickened. If the liquid reduces before the peas are soft, add a bit more stock.
- If using mustard greens, add in now. Cook another 5-10 minutes, just until greens are cooked and peas are soft.
- Discard bay leaves, taste and adjust seasonings. If you used andouille sausage, it's spicy! If not, you may want more heat.
- Eat. It's even better the next day! Delicious with corn bread.
Wishing all a happy, healthy, and prosperous new year!
Reading: The Given Day, by Dennis Lehane
Listening to: "Toast of the Nation" NPR's New Year's Eve Jazz program, and sporadic neighborhood "celebratory" gunfire.
Blooming: Amaryllis, finally!