Black-Eyed Pea Soup with Ham Hocks and Creme Fraiche

Total Time:
3 hr 35 min
Prep:
25 min
Cook:
3 hr 10 min

Yield:
2 quarts, 8 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups small dice onion
  • 3/4 cup small dice green bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup small dice celery
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 pounds ham hocks about, 2 ham hocks
  • 1 pound black-eyed peas, rinsed and picked through for stones
  • 2 1/2 quarts chicken stock
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3/4 teaspoon Essence, recipe follows
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 cup creme fraiche
  • 2 tablespoons chopped chives
Directions

Heat a Dutch oven over medium-high heat and add the olive oil. Once hot, add the onions, bell peppers and celery to the pan and cook until softened, 4 to 5 minutes. Add the garlic to the pan and saute until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the ham hocks and peas, and saute for 4 to 5 minutes. Add the chicken stock and bay leaves to the pan and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer, cover the pot, and cook, stirring occasionally, until the ham hocks and peas are tender, about 3 hours. Remove the ham hocks from the soup and set aside until cool enough to handle. Remove the meat from the skin and bones. Discard skin and bones and return the meat to the pot, along with the Essence, salt, and pepper. Return the soup to a boil, then serve, with each bowl of soup garnished with 1 tablespoon of creme fraiche and chopped chives.

Emeril's ESSENCE Creole Seasoning (also referred to as Bayou Blast):

2 1/2 tablespoons paprika

2 tablespoons salt

2 tablespoons garlic powder

1 tablespoon black pepper

1 tablespoon onion powder

1 tablespoon cayenne pepper

1 tablespoon dried oregano

1 tablespoon dried thyme

Combine all ingredients thoroughly.

Yield: 2/3 cup

Recipe from "New New Orleans Cooking", by Emeril Lagasse and Jessie Tirsch, published by William Morrow, 1993.


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