|Closeup of the beans, with the bell peppers. So good- we may have spooned it over quinoa.|
Just in case you're not sure about the New Year's Meal superstition, the idea is that certain foods- black eyed peas, greens, and pork- represent luck and prosperity in the new year.
|The collard story in three pictures|
|Huge bunch in the pan...|
|Cooks down very small!|
I'm not sure what my New Year's meal prep says about me, except that I'm a huge klutz, but I shattered glass into my New Year's meal and had to redo it all again a day or so later. I was so upset. Fortunately, I'm here to tell you that the shattered glass wasn't some symbol of the failure and disaster to come this year. It's been a good year.
We served our hoppin' john with sauteed collard greens, a baked sweet potato, and cornbread. It was a country feast.
from The Pioneer Woman aka Ree Drummond
4 Tablespoons Butter
1 whole Large Onion, Diced
4 cloves Garlic, Minced
1 whole Green Bell Pepper, Diced
2 stalks Celery, Diced
4 cups Soaked Black-eyed Peas
5 cups Chicken Broth
Salt And Pepper, to taste
Cayenne Pepper To Taste
2 Tablespoons White Vinegar
Soak black-eyed peas in cool water for at least 6 hours. Drain the peas from the water.
Heat butter in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add onion, garlic, green pepper, and celery and stir. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in soaked beans, then add chicken broth, salt & pepper, and cayenne to taste. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and cover the pot for 30 minutes.
After 30 minutes, check the liquid level; if it's too soupy, cook with the lid off for another 15 minutes or so. If it's too thick, splash in a little more broth. Stir in vinegar, then taste for seasonings. Add more spice if needed.
You can serve it over rice, with greens and cornbread, or eat it as is.
- I cook dried beans and peas a lot. I like their flavor and texture better than canned beans. To cook from dried, follow the same plan in the pinto bean post- sort and rinse the dried beans, cover them with a couple inches of water in a large bowl and let them soak overnight. Below is a picture of a good way to sort:
Spread the beans/peas out on a large baking sheet. It makes it easy to see rocks or bad beans