Here in the South, we’re big on tradition. Especially when it comes to the holidays…and food. On New Year’s Day, in order to get the year started off on a positive note, we eat black-eyed peas and greens. The peas symbolize good luck, and the greens symbolize wealth. So if you want plenty of both, you’d better pile your plate high! Many people supplement these veggies with some sort of pork and plenty of freshly baked cornbread to round out the first meal of the new year.
In the spirit of the New Year, I have a delicious recipe to share with you: Kale with Smoked Pork Chops. Traditionally, we Southerners eat collard greens for our New Year’s dinner, but kale makes an excellent substitute and is an amazing, powerful, delicious super food!
Kale with Smoked Pork Chops
1 large organic sweet (Vidalia) onion, quartered
2 big cloves of organic garlic, cut in fine strips
2 meaty smoked pork chops from local market
Salt, freshly cracked black pepper, and red pepper flakes
1 huge bunch of organic kale – washed, stripped of spine and cut/torn into bite-sized pieces
1 BIG organic sweet potato, diced
Bragg Organic Apple Cider Vinegar (optional)
- Pour approximately 1/8 cup of good extra virgin olive oil into big (8 qt) stainless steel stock pot. Saute onion and garlic over medium heat for 2-3 minutes, then add in the whole smoked pork chops and steam for about 10 minutes.
- Pour in at least 4 cups of water and bring all to a boil.
- Add a little salt, pepper, and a teaspoon of red pepper flakes.
- Add kale and sweet potato and boil until tender.
- Taste and adjust seasonings.
- Optional: Pour out some of the liquid (maybe 1/4-1/2 cup and replace with 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar.
The pork chops should fall apart –discard bone and fat. The kale will shrink and the sweet potato and onion will become tender.
Time: not much, maybe 20-30 minutes (the pork chops are smoked, thus they are already cooked, and add flavor and protein). Just don’t boil the kale too long; it is better when al dente.
Now fix yourself some black-eyed peas and prepare yourself for the best year yet. Happy 2013!