Servings: Serves 4–6
To make peas: Soak black-eyed peas overnight in 6 cups water. (For a quick soak, boil water, add peas and let stand 1 hour.) Drain soaking water. Place peas in a large pot with bay leaf and 4 cups fresh water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until tender, 40 to 50 minutes.
In a strainer, drain peas and cool 10 minutes. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine oregano, jalapeño, garlic, scallions, lemon juice and olive oil and mix well. Add peas and season to taste with salt and pepper.
To make greens: In a large pot, cook bacon on medium-low heat until crispy. Remove bacon and place on a paper-towel-lined plate. Drain all but 1 tablespoon bacon fat from pot. Increase heat to medium, add onion and cook until tender, about 10 minutes. Add greens and stir until wilted. Cover, reduce heat to medium-low and cook until tender, about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add vinegar, honey and mustard and cook 5 more minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Crumble reserved bacon and sprinkle on top. Serve as a main course with black-eyed peas, or serve both as side dishes to poultry or fish.
From the May 2006 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine
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