Talking SCHOP! With Love, B. Smith

KYSHA HARRIS Food Editor @SCHOPgirl | 3/12/2020, midnight
While I did not know B. Smith personally, oh how I loved seeing her beautiful brown face and ebullient personality ...
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While I did not know B. Smith personally, oh how I loved seeing her beautiful brown face and ebullient personality come through my screen. Thank you for the demonstration of a life.

In honor…

Braise of Black-Eyed Peas and Greens Soup
Yields 6 servings

Braising is a method of cooking that involves first browning an ingredient such as meat or vegetables, then finishing cooking in a liquid over low heat. This slow style of cooking allows you to create dishes with incredible flavor and tenderness. While this dish isn’t a traditional braise, I use the term because there’s a whole lot of slow cookin’ goin’ on in this soup of vegetables, black-eyed peas, meat, and greens. I like to use kale or collard greens in the recipe because they hold up well to this type of slow cooking. Serve this hearty soup with a loaf of crusty bread for dipping!

1 1/4 cups (about 10 ounces) dried black-eyed peas, or two 15-ounce cans cooked black-eyed peas, drained and rinsed
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup diced sweet onion, such as Vidalia
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup diced celery
1/2 cup diced carrots
2 bay leaves
1 1/2 cups chopped kale or collard greens, stems discarded
1 cup diced pork, ham, or smoked turkey breast
6 cups low-sodium chicken stock or broth
2 teaspoons Creole seasoning
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
1 cup cooked barbecued rib meat, shaved off the bone and chopped, optional for garnish

The day before serving, in a large bowl, place the dried black-eyed peas. Cover with water and let soak overnight. Drain and rinse thoroughly. Or, to quick-soak the peas, place them in a large pot or Dutch oven, cover with water, and bring to a boil over high heat. Remove from the heat, cover tightly, and let stand for 1 hour, then drain and rinse thoroughly.

In a large Dutch oven or saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic, celery and carrots, and sauté for about 5 minutes, until tender. Add the bay leaves, kale or collard greens, and meat to the pot and sauté, stirring frequently, for 2 to 3 minutes.

Add the chicken stock, soaked dried black-eyed peas or drained and rinsed canned black-eyed peas, Creole seasoning, and oregano to the pot. Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer, partially covered, for 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until the peas are tender.

Remove the bay leaves, and season with salt and pepper. Ladle the soup into bowls and serve immediately, garnished with chopped rib meat if desired.

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Happy eating and thanks for reading!

Kysha Harris is a food writer and editor, culinary producer, consultant and owner of SCHOP!, a personalized food service in NYC for over 15 years. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram, @SCHOPgirl, on Facebook, /SCHOPnyc, and her blog, Questions? Comments? Requests? Feedback?  Invitations!  Email AmNewsFOOD at Follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook @NYAmNewsFOOD and tag us with #SoAmNewsFOOD with your food finds!