Ah, the New Year approaches. So many things to look forward to. Like Kathy Griffin and Anderson Cooper on CNN and all of those year-end wrap-ups on the morning news shows. But truly, we look forward to it filled with hope and optimism, and with good intentions to start anew. Resolutions, revelations, plans and excitement.
To accomplish it all, you’ll need strength, determination and willpower.
Lots of luck and a little extra cash wouldn’t hurt either.
I want you to have good luck in the new year, so I suggest you make this soup, pronto.
It’s filled with greens and black-eyed peas to bring money and prosperity, and pork to keep you moving forward toward bigger and better things. Make it up right now so it’s ready on New Year’s Day when you’re too tired and hungover to do anything but reheat.
Serve it with cornbread and add a splash of vinegar and/or hot sauce if you so desire.
Then get to binge-watching Sherlock in your jammies.
Happy New Year!
New Year’s Day Soup
3-4 slices bacon, cut into small squares
1 smoked kielbasa sausage
3-4 medium carrots, diced
1 medium onion, diced
2 cans black-eyed peas
6 cups roughly chopped kale, stems removed
8 cups chicken stock
Salt and pepper to taste.
Over medium heat, cook bacon and kielbasa until bacon is crisp and kielbasa is browned. Remove from pan and drain excess grease. In the same pan, cook carrots and onion until onion is translucent and carrots soften. Add bacon, kielbasa, black-eyed peas and chicken stock and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer and add kale. Simmer about 20 minutes until all flavors are melded.