So if you are interested, below you'll find my preferred recipes for blackened peas and collard greens….
New Years Day dishes - Black -Eyed Peas and Collards
2 cups dried peas
6 cups boiling water
4-5 slices bacon, diced
1 onion, chopped
salt to taste
Place dried peas in a bowl, discard any pebbles or broken beans. Cover with boiling water, let stand for two hours. In a large kettle, saute onion in bacon fat. Pour in 5 cups boiling water. Drain peas and add to the pot, add salt. Bring to a boil, cover and reduce heat. Cook 1-2 hours, keeping covered with water. Cook peas until tender.
Collard Greens or "Collards"
2 bunches fresh collard greens - look for bunches without any wilted leaves
4 cups chicken or turkey broth
Ham hock (use 6 slices of bacon if you can’t get a ham hock)
1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 Tablespoon coarse salt
salt & pepper, to taste
Prep for pot liquor - In a large pot or dutch oven, add 4 cups of chicken or turkey broth, the ham hock and pour in enough water to cover the ham hock.
Bring to a boil, then simmer for 1 hour.
Prep collards - Wash the collards in a sink of cold water. Take collards out of the water. Drain the sink and rinse again. (This time add a Tablespoon of coarse salt to the water - sea salt or kosher salt is good. If you don’t have either, table salt will work.) Take collards out of the water. Cut the stems and all tough ribs and discard. Roll up the collard leaves and coarsely chop.
Pot liquor can be enjoyed as a hot beverage… I'm not kidding. It's pretty good.