For this sauté, soft, smooth black-eyed peas make a mellow match for the assertive flavors of dark leafy greens. Country ham or Italian prosciutto makes a nice change from the salt pork or ham hocks that greens are traditionally cooked with.
Active Time: 20 minutes |
Total Time: 2 hours (plus overnight soaking)
8 ounces dried black-eyed peas, (1 1/3 cups)
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 pounds greens, such as collards, kale and/or escarole, trimmed, washed and sliced crosswise into 1/4-inch-wide strips
1 tablespoon canola oil
2 ounces country ham (see Note) or prosciutto, diced (about 1/2 cup)
2 tablespoons red-wine vinegar, or to taste
Freshly ground pepper to taste
Soak peas overnight in cold water. (Alternatively, place peas in a large saucepan, cover with water and bring to a simmer. Cook for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and let stand for 1 hour.) Drain the peas, rinse well and place in a large saucepan. Add water to cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium; cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 45 minutes. Add salt. Let sit, covered, for 1/2 hour, then drain and rinse.
Heat oil in a large skillet over high heat. Add ham (or prosciutto) and cook, stirring, until lightly browned, about 2 minutes. Add the greens and cook, stirring constantly, until wilted, 5 to 10 minutes, adding more water if necessary. Add the reserved black-eyed peas and heat through.
Season with vinegar, salt and pepper and serve.
Per serving :
3 g Fat;
0 g Sat;
1 g Mono;
4 mg Cholesterol;
18 g Carbohydrates;
9 g Protein;
7 g Fiber;
232 mg Sodium;
358 mg Potassium
.5 Carbohydrate Serving
Exchanges: 1 1/2 vegetable, 1/2 fat
Tips & Notes
Make Ahead Tip: Prepare through Step 2; cover and refrigerate up to 2 days. Reheat on the stovetop or in the microwave.
Note: Dry, salt-cured and aged between 90 and 180 days, country ham is potent, salty and delicious; a little goes a long way. You can find it online at country-ham.com and at countryham.org.