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Friday, December 28, 2007

What Can You Do With A Smoked Turkey Leg?

For years now I have been eyeing the smoked turkey legs, wrapped two to a package, at the DiPaola Farms stand at the Union Square market. I just could never envision myself doing anything except gnaw on them so I just ignored them. Then I read this and was led to believe that they could have a life beyond just being consumed Flintstone-style.

I picked up a package a few weeks ago and tonight they become an ingredient of our Southernish dinner, which was one of A.'s specialities back in his cooking days. Instead of his usual Black-eyed Peas, Collard Greens and rice. I added diced turkey, omitting the sinewy bits, to the peas. I tossed in the bone to add more flavor while it simmered.

Black-Eyed Peas, Collard Greens and Rice (4 large servings)


1 1/2 cups white rice
2 large onions, diced
2-3 squirts ketchup
fresh thyme
2 cans black-eyed peas
1 smoked turkey leg, meat diced (you can also use sausage, kielbasa etc.)
1 bunch collard greens, cleaned, stemmed and chopped.
2 tablespoons butter

1. Put rice on to boil.
2. Saute onion until golden. Add squirts of ketchup and stir. Add peas and turkey, thyme. Simmer for 10-15 minutes.
3. Steam greens with a small amount of water over low heat, for 10-15 minutes or until tender. Drain water and toss with salt and butter over low heat.
4. When rice is finished, everything else should be too!


Anonymous said...

We should have stayed for dinner - darn!

Anonymous said...

oho! How fabulous! Did you like it? What a great idea, glad I had a part in such a wonderful sounding meal :-) Happy new year to you and yours!

Izzy's Mama said...

Amy: Indeed! What did you eat? Now you know for next time..

Ann: It was good but I think I prefer their smoked chicken breast better..and as you mentioned, it was a bit sinewy even though I tried to avoid those parts.