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Stick-to-Your-Ribs Stew for a Snowy Day December 30, 2008

Filed under: Easy food prep,Energy — beansandyoga @ 9:57 pm
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black-eyed-pea-stew1 Winter is giving us a whipping.  Bitter cold and deep snow kept us in for nearly the entire week before Christmas.  We finally had a beautiful sunny day yesterday, which I put to good use by stocking up on all the groceries I knew I’d want if we were snowed-in again.  Sure enough, the plows are out.  Snow has been falling steadily for 12 hours or more.

It’s said that eating black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day will bring you luck.  Here’s a recipe for a hearty stew I made today.

BLACK-EYED PEA, HAM & TOMATO STEW

  • 1 cup dry black-eyed peas
  • 1 cup chopped cooked ham (or bacon)
  • 1-2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 & 1/2 cups onions, diced
  • 1 (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt or to taste
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper or to taste
  • Optional: 1/4 teaspoon dry thyme
  • 3/4 cup rice, either brown or white
  • 6 cups water
  • 1-2 cups veggie or chicken broth
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes (more if you like it hot) or hot sauce (or let people add to individual servings.)

DIRECTIONS
Check the black-eyed peas for pebbles.  Rinse in cold water.  Drain.  Place the black-eyed peas in a 4 quart pot. Add the 6 cups of water.  Stir in ham and diced onions, and season with salt, pepper, garlic and thyme.  Add tomatoes to pot. Bring all ingredients to boil. Cover the pot, and simmer on low heat for one hour.  Add the rice, and simmer for another 1 & 1/2 hours.  It won’t need a lot of attention, but do check to see if more liquid is needed.

If the stew is very thick and the rice still seems crunchy after 45 minutes, add the broth, a 1/2 cup at a time.  Let the stew continue to simmer on low heat until the rice is fully cooked and the black-eyed peas are soft.  Check every ten minutes or so to see if more broth should be added.  Make the stew as thick or thin as you like.  Taste to see if you’d like more salt and pepper

Yields 4-6 servings.  Freeze any extra in 3 cup/24 oz. Glad or Ziploc containers.  Let it thaw in the fridge for a day or thaw in a microwave.

Tip:  Black-eyed peas are often sold in 1 lb. (2 cup) bags.  Check the bulk foods section of your store to see if you can buy just one cup, or how ever much you’d like.  If you end up with a little more or less than one cup, it won’t alter the stew too much.  1/4 too little or too much will get you very close to the same results.

You can buy rice this way, too.


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