Posts tagged ‘Holidays’

December 31, 2011

Favorite New Year’s Day Recipes | Spicy Southern Black Eyed Peas

Another popular dish on the 1st day of the year is Black Eyed Peas. This is my favorite way (and the only way) to prepare them. The only thing is that you have to think ahead, as the prep is about 1 hour to let the beans soak. It’s SO worth the wait.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound dried black-eyed peas
  • 4 ounces salt pork, rind removed, diced, or thick bacon or hog jowl, diced
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 3 to 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 to 2 cups diced cooked ham
  • 2 ribs celery, diced
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, diced, optional
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, diced, optional
  • 1 tablespoon Creole or Cajun seasoning mixture
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • ground hot pepper, optional, to taste

Preparation:

Following package directions, soak the black-eyed peas overnight or cover with water, boil for 2 minutes, then let stand for 1 hour. Drain.

Meanwhile, in a small skillet, sauté the diced salt pork with onion until onion is browned.

Combine salt pork and onions with the drained peas and remaining ingredients; Add water just to cover. Simmer for about 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 hours, or until tender, checking and adding a little more water if necessary. Taste and adjust seasonings.

Serve with hot boiled rice, spinach or other greens, and freshly baked skillet cornbread.

Serves 6 to 8

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December 31, 2011

Favorite New Year’s Day Recipes | Beer & Bacon Cabbage

There are 2 things that I must have on New Year’s Day. Of course, black eyed peas (check out my fav recipe here), but also my favorite cabbage made with a great stout beer and bacon. It doesn’t get much better than that! This recipe is something my parents found back with Emeril Lagasse had his prime time show back in the 90s. It has stuck with our family ever since.

Emeril’s Favorite Cabbage (with beer and bacon)

  • 1/2 pound bacon, coarsely chopped
  • 4 cups thinly sliced onions
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 head green or white cabbage (about 3 1/2 pounds), cored and thinly sliced
  • 1 (12-ounce) bottle beer

Directions

Cook the bacon in a large, heavy pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat, until browned and slightly crispy, about 5 minutes. Add the onions, salt, cayenne, black pepper, sugar, and bay leaves. Cook, stirring, until the onions are soft, about 5 minutes. Add the cabbage and stir to mix well. Cook, stirring, until the cabbage just begins to wilt or soften, 3 to 4 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium-low, and add the beer. Stir to mix.

Cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 1 hour. Remove the bay leaves. Remove from the heat and serve warm.

Time: 1 hour 30 minutes (prep: 15 minutes)

Serves: 8-10