You may have tried some of my other New Year's Day recipes (see pickled peas, black eyed pea hummus or lucky soup) but unlike all of those recipes that focus on black eyed peas, greens play a starring role in this year's dish to bring us all luck and money in 2015. I was lucky enough to have a friend bring me a gallon bag of mustard and turnip greens from her winter garden yesterday, PLUS a gallon bag of shelled pecans (y'all. aren't I so lucky?!?) and I'd had some pretty delish turnip green soup at Turnrow books a couple of weeks back, so it seemed like a no-brainer. My dish is pretty standard compared to the other ones you find on the interweb, except I gave my broth a spicy kick with some red pepper flakes, and use bacon AND ham (why choose just one?). Hope you enjoy!
What you Need:
One can of black eyed peas
2 quarts of turnip greens (around 4 bunches or probably one or 1.5 bags of prewashed)
1 onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, chopped
4 strips of bacon
1 package ham pieces or 1 ham bone
4 cups chicken stock
2-4 cups water
salt, pepper, red pepper flakes to taste
What you do:
Let's face it, every good southern vegetable recipe starts with bacon. This one's no different. You brown the bacon and the ham pieces, then use the grease to sautee' the onions and garlic until transluscent.
Once the onions and garlic are cooked, you add in the chicken stock and the red pepper flakes. (I bet I gave this about 8 good solid shakes)
I let the soup simmer for another hour on low at this point and added in a bit more water because it was getting too thick. Eyeball it and if you think it needs more broth, a little more water can't hurt. Watch out if you decide to add more chicken broth, though. It's likely that the bacon and ham will have a gracious plenty of salt already, and you want to be able to wear your rings the next day. ;)
cornbread. For the love of God, don't forget the cornbread! Greens & cornbread are like peas & carrots, Peanut butter & jelly, Santa & Reindeer. If you make this soup, you must, absolutely, one-thousand percent also serve cornbread.
I'm saving the rest of mine for my New Year's day get-together.... I love to share a little luck on the first day of each year with a few friends and neighbors. Here's wishing you holiday cheer and luck and money in 2015!