Black-Eyed Pea Soup
Makes 6 to 8 servings
- 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
- 1/2 cup chopped white onion
- 1/2 cup chopped celery
- 1/4 cup chopped shallot
- 4 cloves garlic, crushed and chopped
- 1 pound andouille sausage
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
- 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- Salt and black pepper
- 2 cans (15-ounces each) black-eyed peas
- 4 cups chicken stock
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 tablespoon hot sauce
- For Fried Leek:
- 1 leek (sliced onion may be substituted for leek)
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 cup cornstarch
- Canola oil
- For Serving:
- 1 bunch fresh cilantro, chopped
Heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Stir in onion, celery, shallot and garlic. While this cooks for a minute or two, dice the uncooked sausage. Add half of the sausage to the pot.
In a sauté pan heat the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium heat. Brown the remaining sausage. Once brown, use a paper towel to soak up excess oil in pan; set sausage aside.
Add butter, red pepper flakes, and salt and black pepper to taste to the onion mixture in the pot. Let cook for 3 to 4 minutes. Add black-eyed peas to pot; cook for a couple of minutes. Add chicken stock. Bring to a simmer; reduce heat to low. Cook for 15 minutes. Stir in cream and hot sauce.
For Fried Leek:
While soup is cooking, cut off green part of leek and peel off the first layer of leaves. Rinse well. Cut leek in half lengthwise; place flat side down and cut into very thin strips. Place leek strips in a bowl of cold water (enough to float leek) and move strips around in water to release any sand. Place leek in a strainer; shake off excess water.
Season drained leek strips with salt and pepper. Place cornstarch in a bowl. Add leek and coat well with cornstarch. Place leek in a fryer (suggested, see Equipment Note) of hot oil until golden brown. Use a slotted spoon to remove leek from fryer; place on paper towels to absorb excess oil. You may use fried leek as a garnish for any desired dish.
Ladle soup into a bowl and top with Fried Leek, browned sausage and chopped cilantro.
Using a fryer is suggested. To fry in a frying pan, add 1 inch of canola oil to pan and heat to frying temperature (use a frying thermometer as a guide).
Recipe reprinted by permission of Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved.
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