Toddly Man's Big House Black-Eyed Peas
Hearty. Earthy. Gnarly. Yummy. This is a big recipe and meant to be stirred with joy and shared with many. It is an excuse for you to finally find and patronize an awesome kielbasy maker, and something fun and wonderful to do with the mountains of turkey stock you froze after Thanksgiving. Make this in a really big pot you inherited from your really big family or borrowed from the Quaker Meeting House. Forget someone important to you at Christmas? No problem! Show up with a container of these black-eyed peas for New Year's, and bring a six-pack of dry hard cider!
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Add garlic powder only if you can't find garlicky kielbasy. Simmer kielbasy for about the time it takes to drink 1 bottle of hard cider and invite neighbor in for another bottle of hard cider.
Black-eyed peas should still look beany, but should almost be melting into each other. Carrots and onions should be visible but at the melt-in-your-mouth point. Set outside to cool, pour into lots of lidded containers, give away to friends, family, neighbors. Brings good luck for New Year and tastes great. They can serve it over rice or just enjoy it in a huge mug…your job is done!
This is a recipe meant to get you to look around for a genuine, old-fashioned kielbasy maker, either close to you or near somewhere where you travel. Our fave, Czerw's, is just off I-95 in Philadelphia, on a non-descript little alley street, where the line goes around the block at Christmas and Easter, and you feel like a character in a Peter Bruegel painting, except Polish rather than Dutch. It is also meant to offer up a yummy alternative to turkey soup as an end to all that stock you dutifully made after Thanksgiving.