Luck, Progress, and Money…in a Bowl

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I’m cheating a little bit today…by serving up mischievous leftovers. As I was racking my brain to yield a great recipe, I thought “What better dish to feature for New Year’s Day than my old favorite—Black-Eyed Pea Stew?” It has greens, peas, pork…everything you need for a proper kickoff for 2010. Plus, it only uses one pot and is super easy, so it’s perfect to prepare if you’re a little “under the weather” after a rockin’ New Year’s Eve. So enjoy…and don’t forget the cornbread!

An oldie but a goodie.

Black-Eyed Pea Stew
1 large onion, chopped
1 package of smoked sausage (two links)
pinch or two of red pepper flakes
salt and black pepper
1 bag of frozen black-eyed peas
1 flip-top container of chicken broth
1 bay leaf
1 28 oz can of diced tomatoes
8 oz of mustard greens (fresh or frozen)
TBSP or two of apple cider vinegar

Here’s how you do it. First, get a teaspoon or two of olive oil heating up in your dutch oven over medium heat.  Then, slice your turkey sausage down the center, then cut into little half-moons.

While that’s browning up, chop your onion. Make some free space in the pan by making a little sausage nest, then drop your onions in the middle. Season with salt, pepper, and red pepper, and stir together. Let that cook for five or so minutes, until onions soften.

Next, the dish’s namesake—the peas! Dump ‘em in and stir around to coat them with the goodness.  Then add in your broth, tomatoes, and bay leaf.  Cover and let simmer for about 45 minutes.

Now, for the greens. Grab a couple handfuls of greens and work them in with a spoon. Repeat. Do this until you’ve used about half the bag. Use more if you want. I think you can freeze the leftovers. I’m testing that and will let you know. Stir in the apple cider vinegar and simmer for another 10 or 15 minutes, or until you are satisfied with the tenderness of the peas. Add more salt and pepper and vinegar if you like.

Coming up for 2010
You say it every January—”This year I’m going to start eating healthier.” But after two weeks, you get fed up with eating under-seasoned cardboard and give up. We’re going to try and make 2010 a little different for you by featuring recipes that are healthy AND tasty…what a novel concept! And who knows…we may even throw in a little mischief along the way. 😉 Happy 2010!

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5 Responses to “Luck, Progress, and Money…in a Bowl”

  1. judith Says:

    are you serving this to your new years day guests???

  2. Megann Says:

    We are having this today!! Glad to see it’s the approved KM recipe for the new year:). Great seeing y’all last night!! Happy New Year!

  3. Fran Says:

    My version is in the crockpot now. Nobody here knows about this great tradition.

  4. rhbulldawg Says:

    This is such a hardy dish – and a great idea for New Year’s Day!

    Happy New Year – good seeing you guys last night!

  5. Matthew Says:

    I REALLY want to have this tonight but I have to test a recipe for another post. 😦

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