Friday, December 9, 2011

Jersey Meets Black Eyed Peas...

When I say Black Eyed Peas I do not mean let's put on our Fergie best and head to the concert. I mean the actual down south back eyed peas you eat - you know the little white peas with the black eyes staring back at you.  Here in Jersey we look at those things and curse at them thinking that they really are staring at us.

So what's this I don't pump gas, wind proof hair, jersey girl doing with black eyed peas in her kitchen is Paula Deen coming for dinner?   No way I am cooking them up but of course with a Jersey twist.

1 (16 oz.) bag of Black Eyed Peas - soaked overnight in water and picked over
4 Carrots (diced)
1 Large Onion (diced)
8 Medium Tomatoes (diced) - This is what makes it Jersey delicious!
6 Cups Low Sodium Chicken Broth
2 Skin on Smoked Turkey Drumsticks (about 2 1/4 lbs. total)

In a large crock pot add the carrots, onion and tomatoes
Season with salt /pepper
Mix well to ensure vegetables are seasoned
Add black eyed peas and chicken broth
Tuck turkey drumsticks in mixture
Cover with the crock pot lid and cook on high for 6 hours
After 6 hours remove turkey drumsticks from soup
Allow them to cool, remove the skin and the small bones, shred the meat off the bone, set aside
After soup has cooled measure out 8 cups and blend until smooth
Add smooth mixture and shredded turkey meat back to the soup
Stir to incorporate and serve in a large bowl

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