Randy Evansís Southern Peas
1 tbsp. olive oil
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 rib of celery
1 carrot, peeled
2 cups fresh or frozen Southern peas
(such as zipper creams, black-eyeds,
or butter beans)
2 1⁄2 cups Chicken Stock
1 small smoked ham hock
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
1. In a 4-quart saucepan, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft and translucent, about 10 minutes.
2. Cut celery in half and do the same with the carrot; add both to the pan along with the peas, stock, and ham hock. Bring to a boil, lower heat to medium, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until tender and creamy, about 1 hour. (The time depends on the type and size of the peas.)
3. Remove ham hock, slice meat from bone, and chop; return meat to pan. Season peas with salt and pepper to taste.