Leslie's StoryI got this recipe from our hometown newspaper several years ago. It's a very small, southern town, and this is recipe embodies that spirit. And I renamed it because it contains all the key foods we MUST have on New Year's Day! I've made it quite a few times, and done something slightly different with it each time, so it's easy to modify to suit your own tastes. I leave out the green pepper every time, though. I just found their flavor too strong. It overpowered all the others. Anyway, hope y'all enjoy it!
chopped, cooked ham (i use left over honey baked)
green pepper, seeded and chopped
1 1/2 lb
trimmed, washed, and chopped collard greens
16-oz, black-eyed peas, rinsed and drained (i use 2 or 3 cans, depending on my mood)
dried, crushed red pepper (i use a little bit more)
cornbread crust recipe follows:
1 1/2 c
white or yellow corn meal mix (jiffy works fine)
1 1/2 c
1First, please note that under the section where I had to pick a cooking method, I chose "bake" because that's the final step, however this recipe involves mulitple steps and stove top cooking as well. Now, on to the recipe . . .
Saute ham in hot oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat 5 minutes or until lightly browned. Add flour and cook, stirring, 1 minute. Gradually add chicken broth and cook, stirring constantly, 3 minutes or until broth begins to thicken.
2Bring mixture to a boil and add chopped onion, green peppers, and collard greens; return to boil and cook, stirring often, 15 minutes. Stir in black-eyed peas and crushed red pepper. Spoon hot mixture into a lightly greased 13 x 9 baking dish. Note: I'd use a bigger one because I've NEVER gotten this recipe to fit in a 13 x 9 dish. I always end up using a very large, oval-shaped baking pan that belonged to my grandmother (which probably explains why it always tastes so good).
3Preheat oven to 425 degrees F, and combine the corn meal mix, all-purpose flour, and sugar in medium bowl. Make a well in the center of the mixture. Add eggs and buttermilk. Stir just unitl moistened. Pour batter evenly over greens and blac-eyed peas mixture. Bake at 425 for 25 minutes or until cornbread is golden brown and set.
It is so delicious that I have to warn to let it cool off at least a little bit before you try a bite. I have burned my tongue on this one more than once. :)