Monday, January 21, 2008

Black-Eyed Peas - My Legume Love Affair

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My husband snorted with laughter when he saw me copying down information for "My Legume Love Affair", but hey, this is the year I vowed to eat more beans. And if I vow to eat more beans, then he eats more beans, that's just the way it is. So, this food blogging even is perfect!

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I have to admit that most beans taste somewhat the same to me. I think if I was blindfolded and given a spoonful of kidney, pinto, great northern, or navy beans, I would be hard-pressed to distinguish between them, especially if they were cooked similarly. But not black-eyed peas, they have their own unique and completely identifiable flavor. I love it. It has such an earthy goodness to it.

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My favorite recipe comes from Emeril for Hoppin John. This is a traditional New Years food for Southerners, but it is so good, you'll want to eat it way more often than that!

Hoppin' John
Emeril

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 large ham hock
1 cup onion, chopped
1/2 cup celery, chopped
1/2 cup green pepper, chopped
1 tablespoon chopped garlic
1 pound black-eyed peas, soaked overnight and rinsed
1 quart chicken stock
Bay leaf
1 teaspoon dry thyme leaves
Salt, black pepper, and cayenne
3 tablespoons finely chopped green onion
3 cups steamed white rice

Heat oil in a large soup pot, add the ham hock and sear on all sides for 4 minutes. Add the onion, celery, green pepper, and garlic, cook for 4 minutes. Add the black-eyed peas, stock, bay leaves, thyme, and seasonings. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 40 minutes, or until the peas are creamy and tender, stir occasionally. If the liquid evaporates, add more water or stock. Adjust seasonings, and garnish with green onions. Serve over rice.

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This is my entry for My Legume Love Affair, hosted by Susan at The Well Seasoned Cook.

11 comments:

Susan said...

An ideal kick-off to the New Year! That last photo is a beauty.
Thanks for joining in!

Peter M said...

Woo hoo, that ham hock looks gorgeous... no doubt a flavour enhancer.

Chris said...

Hmmmm...looks tasty! (Even if I am not a fan of black beans). I did eat some on new year's day though! Crossing my fingers for a good year.

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

I have just the thing for a legume love affair... I'll tell her you sent me!
Your adopted blogger.

Mike of Mike's Table said...

I'm also not a bean connoisseur, like them anyways, and need to cook with them more. This looks really tasty!

Cakespy said...

I love black eyed peas! Very nice kickoff!

Kevin said...

I bet this was really tasty with that ham hock!

librariane said...

Gorgeous! My parents planted black-eyed peas in their garden this year quite successfully (and plan to do it again), so I'll be sure to see if I can snag some peas from them to try this. :)

[eatingclub] vancouver || js said...

I have a cupful of black-eyed peas I bought a couple of days ago and I have no idea what to do with them. Until I saw this post.

Looks delicious!

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