I made my healthy version of black eyed peas and collard greens, and corn bread according to the corn meal package to celebrate the first day of 2014 and give us the promise of good luck to us for the upcoming year. It was delicious! My approach is similar to most, but my own twist on ingredients. We also prefer our greens to have their flavor speak for themselves and not be overshadowed by fats and seasonings, and we prefer them al dente...
I must admit, this approach is somewhat time consuming, but worth it!
Lise's Black Eyed Peas
1 slice center cut ham with bone, cubed
1 lb prepared ham hocks (described below)
2 lbs soaked black eyed peas
2 medium diced sweet onions
2 stalks diced celery with greens
1 grated carrot
1 diced and skinned roasted green pepper (I previously roasted several and froze for future use)
5 diced garlic cloves
3 tbsp butter
2 tbsp olive oil
4 cups vegetable bullion
2 cups ham hock broth (described below)
1 palmful herbs de Provence
3 palmfuls cumin
salt & pepper to taste
water as needed
Begin the night before with soaking the black eyed peas covered with water in a large pot. It will look like this after soaking. Drain, rinse and set aside.
Prepare the ham hocks. I love the flavor they add, but don't like all the fat, so I cook them first, creating a beautiful broth and chunks of ham while eliminating the fat. Start by cutting the hocks into chunks.
In a big pot, lightly saute the onions and celery in the butter, adding the carrots and peppers, and then add the herbs de Provence, cumin and pepper (wait to add salt until tasting after cooking for a while).
Lise's Healthy Collard Greens
1 pkg fresh washed collard greens with the bottom stem removed
1 1 /2 cup water
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
salt & pepper
Mix all ingredients except the greens. Place the collards in a pot and pour the liquid over them.
The corn bread recipe I use comes from this package, and I cook it in a cast iron pan...a perfect compliment to this meal (you can use your favorite corn meal, I'm not promoting this one, it's just what I use).
As I mentioned earlier, the preparation of this meal is time consuming but well worth it. The thing I like best about it? All the great taste of traditional black eyed peas and collards without all the fat! And if our meal was any indication of all the luck in store for us, we have it made in 2014!
Did you make black eyed peas and collard greens for New Year's Day?
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