It's time to close out 2016! What better way to do that than with a delicious New Year's Day meal that will leave you feeling comforted and confident; ready to take on the new year ahead! Here we share with you two soul food classics that we love to ring in the new year with, updated with an innovative twist. In this case one recipe builds upon the other to create the most delicious pot of creamy, black eyed pea grits that you could imagine. Delish! A must try.   
The thing about soul food is this: you must cook with your heart. We can give you the foundation of ingredients to make it taste as delicious as we think it is, but it will be up to you as the chef to put your heart and soul into it to personalize it for your palette. So get cookin'! We wish you a Blessed, Prosperous New Year (and hope that it's delicious too 😋).

 

Marsh's Good Luck Black Eyed Peas

1 lb black eyed peas ( I use dried beans that I soak overnight in prep for the slow cook)

32 oz vegetable stock

1 1/2 c water

1 med yellow onion, diced

4 cloves garlic, minced

1 smoked turkey wing

Salt 1 1/2 tsp


Pepper 1 tsp


Onion Powder 1/4 tsp


Garlic Powder 1/4 tsp


A dash of Cumin


A dash of red pepper flakes (optional)

 
(Please note that all ingredients are "seasoned to taste". If you feel compelled to add a bit more or less, then by all means, do so.)

 

Instructions

 (I use a crock-pot, but a large pot on low will do the trick. It will just require watching, stirring and more than likely a little less time.)

Place turkey wing in center of crock-pot. Pour in beans, onions, garlic, stock and all seasonings. Stir the beans, but keep the wing in the center. Cook on low 6-8 hours (or until tender). Taste and add seasoning as needed. Enjoy!

 

Shelly's Creamy Stone Ground Grits

2 cups water

2 cups heavy cream

1 teaspoon salt

1 cup stone ground grits

2 tablespoons butter

 

Instructions

1. Bring the water, cream, and salt to a boil.

2. Add the grits and butter to the pot of boiling liquid and whisk to combine. 

3. Cook for 20 minutes, stirring every three minutes, until creamy.

To make the delicious Black Eyed Pea Grits that you see pictured here, simply puree two cups of the prepared peas with broth and mix into the prepared grits. Add more broth as needed. Trust us, you definitely want to try these. 

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