dried black-eyed peas
( peeled )
( more to taste )
green bell pepper
( or red, seeded and chopped )
fresh corn kernels
( or frozen)
( fresh or frozen )
chopped fresh collard greens
( or kale or chard or spinach)
diced tomatoes with juice
( 28-ounce can)
chopped fresh cilantro
( optional, up to 2 )
salt & fresh ground pepper
( to taste)
- In a covered saucepan, bring the black-eyed peas, garlic cloves, and 4 cups of the water to a boil.
- Reduce the heat and simmer until tender, about 45 minutes.
- Meanwhile, in a nonreactive soup pot, sauté the onions and celery in the 2 tablespoons water on medium heat for about 5 minutes, until the onions are translucent.
- Stir in the cayenne, allspice, and thyme and cook for 1 to 2 minutes, stirring frequently.
- Add the bell peppers, stir well, cover, and cook for 3 to 4 minutes.
- Stir in the corn, okra, tomatoes, and the remaining 2 cups of water.
- Cover and bring just to a boil; then add the greens, gently simmer until tender, and remove from the heat until the black- eyed peas are ready.
- When the black-eyed peas are tender, remove the garlic cloves or mash them with a fork against the side of the pan.
- Add the black-eyed peas and their cooking liquid to the soup pot.
- Stir in the cilantro, if using, and add salt and black pepper to taste.