Black Eyed Peas

New Year’s Traditions

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Well, New Year’s Eve is right around the corner.  I can hardly believe it.  This past year is such a blur.  We have to have our traditional New Year’s dinner of sauerkraut and pork with black-eyed peas and mashed potatoes.  

Pork and Sauerkraut

pork and sauerkraut

2) 2 pound bags of Snow Floss Sauerkraut (available at your local meat market)
5 pound trimmed pork butt (available at your butcher shop)
1 to 2 Tablespoons of Michael’s Special Seasoning (available at Sherman Provision)
4 apples peeled, cored and sliced
2 Tablespoons of Brown Sugar (optional)

Turn your crock pot on high. Open the bags of sauerkraut and put them in the bottom of the slow cooker. Put the sliced apples and Brown Sugar (if using) on top of the sauerkraut. Season the pork butt with Michael’s Special Seasoning and place the pork butt, fat side up, on top of the sauerkraut and apples. Put the lid on the slow cooker. Cook on high for about 6 hours. Your pork should be done enough to fall off the bone. If it isn’t to that stage cook it a little longer. Remove the pork butt and pull it from the bones and take any extra fat off as well. Return and mix with the sauerkraut and apples. Cook an additional 2 hours on low.

Black Eyed Peas

Black eyed Peas

2 Pounds of dried Black Eyed Peas
1/2 pound of chopped smoked ham (The Butcher’s Cottage Hams are great for this)
1/2  onion, chopped

Soak peas overnight. Drain in a colander and rinse. Put the Black Eyed Peas, smoked ham and onions in a pot. Cover the peas with water (about 1 inch above the peas in good) and bring to a boil. Turn to simmer, cover and cook for about 1 hour and 15 minutes. Do this ahead so you just have to warm up the peas. They don’t take as long to cook as other dried beans. You can also use frozen black-eyed peas and cooking time is cut to 45 minutes.

We always make mashed potatoes and put the Pork and Sauerkraut over the mashed potatoes. You will be glad you have leftovers. The Pork and Sauerkraut will freeze well along with the Black Eyed Peas.

My Dad always said whatever you do on New Year’s Day you will do the rest of the year. Choose carefully what you do.

Happy New Year! Until next time…From our Butcher Block to your Table.

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Pork, Sauerkraut and Black-eyed Peas

Well, New Year’s Eve is right around the corner.  I can’t tell you where 2016 went.  It is such a blur.  We have to have our traditional New Year’sMauri-1 dinner of sauerkraut and pork with black-eyed peas and mashed potatoes.  Our children surprised us with tickets to Trans-Siberian Orchestra on New Year’s Eve so I will be cooking the pork and sauerkraut on Friday for our Sunday dinner.

Pork and Sauerkraut

2) 2 pound bags of Snow Floss Sauerkraut (available at your local meat market)
5 pound trimmed pork butt (available at your butcher shop)
1 to 2 Tablespoons of Michael’s Special Seasoning (available at Sherman Provision)pork and sauerkraut
4 apples peeled, cored and sliced
2 Tablespoons of Brown Sugar (optional)

Turn your crock pot on high. Open the bags of sauerkraut and put them in the bottom of the slow cooker. Put the sliced apples and Brown Sugar (if using) on top of the sauerkraut. Season the pork butt with Michael’s Special Seasoning and place the pork butt, fat side up, on top of the sauerkraut and apples. Put the lid on the slow cooker. Cook on high for about 6 hours. Your pork should be done enough to fall off the bone. If it isn’t to that stage cook it a little longer. Remove the pork butt and pull it from the bones and take any extra fat off as well. Return and mix with the sauerkraut and apples. Cook an additional 2 hours on low.

Black Eyed Peas

2 Pounds of dried Black Eyed Peas
1/2 pound of chopped smoked ham (The Butcher’s Cottage Hams are great for this)Black eyed Peas
1/2  onion, chopped

Soak peas overnight. Drain in a colander and rinse. Put the Black Eyed Peas, smoked ham and onions in a pot. Cover the peas with water (about 1 inch above the peas in good) and bring to a boil. Turn to simmer, cover and cook for about 1 hour and 15 minutes. Do this ahead so you just have to warm up the peas. They don’t take as long to cook as other dried beans. You can also use frozen black-eyed peas and cooking time is cut to 45 minutes.

We always make mashed potatoes and put the Pork and Sauerkraut over the mashed potatoes. You will be glad you have leftovers. The Pork and Sauerkraut will freeze well along with the Black Eyed Peas.

Our wish for you is a blessed 2017. May this be your best year yet! Until next time…From our Butcher Block to your Table.

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Sauerkraut, Pork and Black eyed Peas

Well, New Year’s Eve is right around the corner.  I can’t tell you where 2014 went.  It is such a blur.  We have to have our traditional New Year’sMauri-1 Eve dinner of sauerkraut and pork with black-eyed peas and mashed potatoes.  I think that is Southern through and through.  I have 2 crock pots filled with pork and sauerkraut that will be ready tomorrow night.  You still have plenty of time to make your dish.  I like to cut the taste of the sauerkraut so I do mine a little differently.  No matter how you do it–it is a great meal!

Pork and Sauerkraut

2) 2 pound bags of Snow Floss Sauerkraut (available at your local meat market)
5 pound trimmed pork butt (available at your butcher shop)
1 to 2 Tablespoons of Michael’s Special Seasoning (available at Sherman Provision)pork and sauerkraut
4 apples peeled, cored and sliced
2 Tablespoons of Maple Syrup

Turn your crock pot on high. Open the bags of sauerkraut and put them in the bottom of the slow cooker. Put the sliced apples and Maple Syrup on top of the sauerkraut. Season the pork butt with Michael’s Special Seasoning and place the pork butt, fat side up, on top and put the lid on the slow cooker. Cook on high for about 6 hours. Your pork should be done enough to fall off the bone. If it isn’t to that stage cook it a little longer. Remove the pork butt and pull it from the bones and take any extra fat off as well. Return and mix with the sauerkraut and apples. Cook an additional 2 hours on low.

Black Eyed Peas

2 Pounds of dried Black Eyed Peas
1/2 pound of chopped smoked ham (The Butcher’s Cottage Hams are great for this)Black eyed Peas
1/2  onion, chopped

Soak peas overnight. Drain in a colander and rinse. Put the Black Eyed Peas, smoked ham and onions in a pot. Cover the peas with water (about 1 inch above the peas in good) and bring to a boil. Turn to simmer, cover and cook for about 1 hour and 15 minutes. Do this ahead so you just have to warm up the peas. They don’t take as long to cook as other dried beans. You can also use frozen black-eyed peas and cooking time is cut to 45 minutes.

Our wish for you is a blessed 2015. May this be your best year yet! Until next time…From our Butcher Block to your Table.

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2013–Where have you gone?

Can it really be December 31, 2013?  It must be.  I am cleaning myIMG_8114r house like a mad woman and doing all the laundry.  Is there anyone else like me out there?  You feel like you must have the house clean, all the laundry washed, dried and put away.  Oh yes, and the ironing has to be done.  I don’t know what gets into me on December 31st but I go into overdrive.  My dad always said whatever you do on New Year’s Day is what you are going to do all year.  I guess I try to get all of the work out-of-the-way so I can have a relaxing New Year’s Day.  It’s ironic, my dad passed away on New Year’s Day in 1994.  I still miss him and think of him often. I can’t believe it’s been 20 years. I was reflecting about how traditions get started.  In our household we always had pork, sauerkraut, black-eyed peas and mashed potatoes on New Year’s Eve. We never ate until Midnight.

I have my pork, sauerkraut, black-eyed peas and potatoes ready to go.  Oh, but we will eat before Midnight.  The older I get the harder it is to stay up until Midnight.

Here are the recipes for the Pork and Sauerkraut and Black-eyed Peas.

Pork and Sauerkrautphoto (60)

2 lb. bag of Sauerkraut
2 apples, peeled and sliced
2 tablespoons of brown sugar
1 1/2 to 2 pounds of boneless pork loin

Put the sauerkraut in the bottom of a crock pot. Layer the apples on the sauerkraut and sprinkle them with the brown sugar. Put the Pork loin on top of the apples. The fat side of the pork should be on top. Put the lid on the crock pot and cook on high for 4 hours. Turn the crock pot to low and cook for an additional 3 hours. Pork should be fork tender. Shred pork through sauerkraut and apples. Keep warm until time to serve.

Black-eyed Peas

2 pounds of dried Black-eyed Peasphoto (59)
1/2 pound of diced ham
2 teaspoons of ham soup base

Put 2 cups of water in a roaster pan and bring to a boil. Add the Ham Soup Base to the boiling water. Put the diced ham in the boiling water, and add the Black Eyed Peas to the water. When the mixture begins to boil, reduce heat to simmer and cook for approximately 2 hours. The Black Eyed Peas should be fork tender.

Make sure you have mashed potatoes. There is nothing like sauerkraut over mashed potatoes with Black-eyed Peas on the side.

May 2014 be your best year yet.

Until Next Time…From our Butcher Block to your Table.

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