Sunday, December 30, 2012

Hoppin' John Good Luck Salad

Charleston, SC

  Since I've been spending the last month in the south, I'm going with a favorite southern New Years tradition.  Black eyed peas and collard greens symbolize good luck and prosperity for the new year.  I made this dish last year for a New year's eve party, and I must admit, 2012 did me good!  I've been blessed with a beautiful new nephew this year, a healthy family, traveling to new places, exploring, enjoying life, and living my dreams in an RV.  What more could I ask for?   I wish you all an adventurous, healthy, and amazing new year.  Happy 2013!

Happy New Year!  Hoppin' John Good Luck Salad

Hoppin' John Good Luck Salad

1 large bunch collard greens, remove veins, chopped (about 5 cups)
2 cups cooked rice
4 or 5 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups cooked black eyed peas
1/2 cup pickled cherry peppers, sliced
2 tbsp olive oil, separated (1 tbsp & 1 tbsp)
salt & pepper
1 tsp white wine vinegar
1/2 tsp liquid smoke
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp smoked paprika
1/2 tsp fennel seed

Over medium heat in a large pan, sauté 1 tbsp olive oil, garlic, cherry peppers, vinegar for about 3 minutes.  Add collard greens and some salt & pepper.  Sauté just until greens wilt slightly.  Remove from heat.

In a bowl add rice, black eyed peas, 1 tbsp olive oil, liquid smoke, red pepper flakes, onion powder, smoked paprika, and fennel seed.  Stir to combine.  Add the greens mixture, and stir it all together.

Happy New Year!

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