Dec 312015
 

Many of us eat black-eyed peas for luck on New Year’s Day. I used to cook dried black-eyed peas with some fatty ham and jalapeño which is good, but I wanted something a little more exciting. After playing around with some recipes online, I came up with this dish. Even my husband, who doesn’t like beans or peas, enjoyed it.

Adding tomatoes symbolize health and kale to symbolize money to the black-eyed peas (prosperity or coin) and ham (forward movement or positive motion), should make this year very lucky! Luck aside, it’s a tasty rendition of a traditional dish.

New Years Black-Eyed Peas
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
45 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
45 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 tablespoon olive oil
  2. 1/2 lb bacon or fatty ham, diced
  3. 1 small onion, diced
  4. 2-3 cloves garlic, crushed
  5. 1 28-oz can diced tomatoes, undrained
  6. 2 15-oz can black-eyed peas, drained and rinsed
  7. 3 cups water
  8. 1 Tablespoon beef Better Than Bouillon or crystal/cube equivalent
  9. 1/4 cup jalapeño peppers (from jar), chopped
  10. 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  11. 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  12. 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
  13. 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  14. 1 tablespoon honey
  15. 1 bunch kale leaves, washed and cut into 1-inch pieces
  16. 1 cup Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
  17. 2 cups cooked rice
Instructions
  1. Heat the olive oil in a large soup pot at medium heat. Add the bacon or ham and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  2. Add chopped onions and garlic. Cook for 2-3 minutes or until onions begin to soften.
  3. Add diced tomatoes with juice, water, bouillon, black-eyed peas, jalapeño, vinegar, cumin, chili powder and coriander. Stir, then cook uncovered over medium heat for about 15 minutes.
  4. Stir in honey and kale. Cook another 10 minutes.
  5. Serve over rice with grated cheese on top.
Adapted from Shannon Kuhn
Adapted from Shannon Kuhn
Kryson's Kreations http://krysonskreations.com/

Jul 162014
 

I wasn’t sure about this recipe. Ham just didn’t seem like the right meat. However, it turned out to be a family favorite. Hot, spicy, and full of flavor!

I’ve used pressed ham, smoked ham, smoked pork shoulder, and combinations of all three and it was good every time.

Make sure you adjust cooking time for fresh jalapenos or if you double the recipe.

Slow Cooker El Paso Ham
Serves 6
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Cook Time
2 hr
Cook Time
2 hr
Ingredients
  1. 3 cups chopped, cooked ham
  2. 2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  3. 8 oz can tomato sauce
  4. 1/4 cup jalapenos, chopped (or 4 oz can green chili peppers)
  5. 1/2 cup chopped green onion
  6. A few drops of bottled hot pepper sauce
  7. Corn Bread
Instructions
  1. In slow cooker combine ham, cheese, tomato sauce, jalapenos or green chili peppers, green onion, and hot pepper sauce. Cover and cook on low for 2 hours.
  2. Use your favorite corn bread recipe. This is the one I use: http://krysonskreations.com/2014/07/16/corn-bread/
  3. To serve, split hot corn bread in half. Spoon El Paso Ham on bottom half of corn bread. Cover with corn bread top and spoon more El Paso Ham on top.
Kryson's Kreations http://krysonskreations.com/
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