|I'm trying to keep parts of meals somewhat separate at first in case someone doesn't like a component of the dish (less meals thrown away), but I mixed mine together after I tasted everything.|
How is it 2011 already? Regardless of the bizarre nature of the space-time continuum after you have children, it is New Year's Day. Happy New Year! And, gulp, Day 1 of my New Year's Resolution to make an ominvore-friendly vegetarian meal Every. Single. Day. this year. Eep.
OK, so here we go. It's New Year's Day, so we're going to do the traditional good luck food. The most prevalent of which include black eyed peas and collard greens (at least here in the South). Other options are New Year's eternity rings (fancy doughnuts), grapes and legumes of many varieties. Check out this post at epicurious for more details.
I'm particularly fond of the Spanish tradition of eating 12 grapes at midnight. How cool!
Crockpot Vegetarian Hoppin' John
serves 10 and can be frozen
1 pound dry black eyed peas, soaked overnight4 C chicken-style or veggie broth1 pound vegan smoked sausage, sliced1 7 oz. can chopped green chiles1 bunch of collard greens or kale, chopped and ribbed1/2 teaspoon kosher salt1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 dried hot pepper or 1 tsp. chipotle pepper seasoning (optional)
- 1/2 tsp. "bacon" salt, hickory smoked salt (in spite of the name this is meat-free)
- 1 medium onion, chopped (about 3/4 cup)
- 2 C cooked rice
Did I mention I am not fond of collard greens or black eyed peas? No? Well, I don't particularly care for either. But, tradition is there to torture sometimes. It was actually pretty good all together (I cheated a bit and used kale). The kale is a little dry if you don't mix it into the beans. But, once you mix it, it's great. I might suggest mixing it during the cooking process instead of waiting until the end so it stews in all the juices. The meatless sausage was yummy! I could just pick that out and gobble it up. I think on non-New Year occasions, using kale and white northern beans would be fantastic. If you aren't superstitious, I'd go with that.
And PS: If you didn't buy the "bacon" salt for this recipe, go buy some! It's a little pricey because there's no store brand ($3.79), but it is so yummy and smoky delicious it's completely worth it and will last a long time as it only requires a tiny bit to flavor a huge dish like this one.