Sunday, December 31, 2017

Traditional American Southern New Years Dinner

On the Menu

Hoppin John - New Age Style

8 - 10 Servings

1 pound sorted dried black eye peas

6 cups water

3 bay leaves

1 tablespoon granulated garlic

1 tablespoon  granulated onion
1 1/2 teaspoon salt - Divided

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 medium onion, diced

1 medium red bell pepper, diced

1 large jalapeno pepper, diced

4 large cloves garlic chopped

2 teaspoons Sazon - Recipe to follow

3 large Roma tomatoes, diced
1/2 cup chopped cilantro or parsley


Place waters and beans in a large pot and place on medium low heat uncovered. Add the bay leaves, granulated garlic and onion and 1 teaspoon salt.
Cook uncovered 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
Meanwhile, in a large sauce pan, heat the olive oil and add the onions, peppers, garlic, sazon and 1/4 teaspoon salt.  Saute 3 minutes.
Add the tomatoes, 1/4 teaspoon of salt and saute until liquid is absorbed.
Transfer the mixture to the bean pot and cook another 30 minutes or until beans are done and sauce is smooth and creamy.
Keep beans covered with at least 1 inch of  liquid at all times. If needed, add additional water, 1/2 cup at a time.
Once beans are done, mix in chopped cilantro or parsley and serve over brown rice.

 Sazon Seasoning - Salt Free

½ cup

If you like that commercial brand then you're gonna love this 100% pure Sazon Seasoning!

2 teaspoons cumin, ground

1 teaspoon coriander, ground

1 teaspoon annatto

2 tablespoons granulated garlic

2 teaspoons turmeric

1 tablespoon paprika


Place all ingredients in a glass container with lid and shake until all spices are thoroughly combined.  If you use an airtight container, product can be kept for 6 month 
 Southern Collard Greens
8 Servings
This recipe was inspired by:
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 large onion, sliced, thin
3 large garlic cloves, sliced, thin
1 large chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, minced
2 large bunches of collard greens, cleaned rinsed and chopped
2 oranges juiced
½ teaspoon of Cajun seasoning 
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon liquid smoke
1 each red, yellow, green bell pepper - Optional

Heat the oil in a large saute pan or wok, add the crushed red pepper flakes and saute until peppers are slightly browned, do not let them burn. 
Add the onions, garlic and chipotle pepper in adobe sauce; saute until onions are translucent.
Add the collards and all remaining ingredients, carefully mix until all ingredients are well incorporated.
Cover, bring to a gentle boil, reduce heat to low and cook 30 minutes stirring occasionally.
Taste, season with additional salt and pepper as needed; sprinkle with dried pepper flakes, if desired.

 Brown Sugar Bourbon Ham

8 – 10 Servings
1 (6 – 8 lb.) ham, fully cooked
48 cloves
1 (16 oz.) package brown sugar
1 cup spicy mustard
1 cup orange juice
1 cup bourbon

Preheat oven to 350°. Remove skin from ham, and trim fat. Make shallow cuts in ham ¾ inch apart in a diamond pattern. Insert cloves in centers of diamonds. Place ham in a lightly greased 13- x 9-inch pan.
Stir together the brown sugar, mustard, orange juice and bourbon then spoon it over the ham.
Bake in a 350° oven uncovered for 2 ½ hours. Every 30 remove pan from over, close the oven door and baste ham with the juice in the pan then return to the oven. Once the cooking time has ended, remove ham from oven, and let it rest 20 minutes before slicing. 

 Brown Basmati Rice
8 Servings
3 1/2 cups water
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon sea salt
2 teaspoons granulated garlic
2 teaspoons granulated onion
1/2 teaspoon crushed red chili peppers
2 cups brown basmati rice

In a 3 quart saucepan bring water and seasonings to a boil.  Add the rice, bring pot back up to a boil, stir, cover and reduce heat to the lowest setting.
Let rice cook undisturbed 45 minutes.  After cooking period is completed, do not open pot, just remove it from the heat and let it sit 20 minutes undisturbed.
Remove top and fluff before serving.

Pot Likker Soup
 6  Servings
Pot likker, the juice left in a pot after collards cook, is traditionally valued as a delicacy and aphrodisiac. Be sure to sop up the vitamin-rich pot likker with your cornbread or make it into this warm and comforting soup.
3 pounds mixed greens, chard, mustard, kale, collards, etc.
2 cups water
2 bay leaves
1 teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon Cajun seasoning
1 tablespoon granulated garlic
1 tablespoon granulated onion
1 teaspoon liquid smoke
1 tablespoon grapeseed oil
1 large onion, sliced
1 large red bell pepper, sliced
4 large garlic cloves, sliced
2 tablespoons of red wine vinegar
½ teaspoon Tabasco sauce or any hot sauce

Wash the greens thoroughly.  Cut off any stems that extends beyond the leaves and set them aside. 
Then cut the greens and stems that are still affixed to the leaves into bite size pieces and set them aside.
In a large stock pot, add the water, the  stems you sat aside and bay leaves.  Bring pot to a boil, cover and reduce heat to medium and let stems simmer for 15 minutes {this is your pot likker}.
Remove the stems and bay leaves from the pot and add the chopped greens, salt, Cajun seasoning, granulated garlic & onion and the liquid smoke.  Mix thoroughly; then bring the pot back up to a boil.
Reduce heat to medium low and cook covered for 15 minutes.
Heat the oil in a medium saute pan and add the onions, bell pepper and garlic saute until onions are translucent.
Add sautéed vegetables to the pot of greens along with the vinegar and Tabasco sauce and mix thoroughly. 
Continue to let greens simmer uncovered another 5 – 6 minutes. 
Taste for seasoning, adjust if needed, cover pot and remove from heat.

Note the reason you're cooking the greens uncovered, is to allow the liquid to reduce and produce a more concentrated flavor.

 Skillet Cornbread

8 Servings
1/4 cup shortening
1-1/2 cups yellow cornmeal
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/4 - 1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1 teaspoon of baking powder
1 teaspoon of kosher salt
2 cups of buttermilk, more or less
1 large egg, lightly beaten

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Add the shortening to a well seasoned 10-inch cast iron skillet and place the skillet into the oven to melt the shortening and heat the skillet. In a bowl, whisk together the cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Using mitts, carefully remove the skillet from the oven and swirl the hot fat around to coat the entire skillet. Pour the fat from the skillet into the cornmeal mixture; stir. Stir in half of the buttermilk and add the egg; add more buttermilk as needed to make a thick but pourable batter. Depending on the grind of your cornmeal and the type of buttermilk you use, you may not need it all. Fold ingredients and don't beat the batter. Pour the cornmeal mixture into the hot skillet. Carefully place directly into the oven and bake at 450 degrees F for about 20 to 25 minutes. Remove the skillet from the oven, let rest for 5 minutes, then very carefully turn the cornbread out onto a plate or platter to preserve that nice crispy crust!


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