Kale and Black-Eyed Peas With Smoky Grits 4.000

Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post; tableware from Crate and Barrel

Weeknight Vegetarian Mar 12, 2014

If collards are the new kale, then maybe kale can be the new collards, taking their place in this Southern-style dish.


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Tested size: 4 servings

  • 3 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt, plus more as needed
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons smoked Spanish paprika (pimenton)
  • 1 cup regular grits (do not use quick-cooking or instant)
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more as needed
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • Leaves from 8 ounces kale, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup homemade or no-salt-added vegetable broth
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked or canned black-eyed peas, drained and rinsed

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Combine the water, salt and 1 teaspoon of the smoked paprika in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, and bring to a boil. Gradually whisk in the grits; reduce the heat to medium-low so the mixture is gently bubbling. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the grits have the consistency of creamy oatmeal, about 20 minutes. Add the pepper, taste, and add salt if needed. Cover and keep warm.

Pour the oil into a large skillet over medium heat. Once the oil shimmers, add the onion and garlic; cover and cook until soft, 5 minutes. Add the kale, broth, the remaining 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika and a little salt plus pepper to taste. Cook just until the kale wilts, then stir in the black-eyed peas; cook until the kale is tender and the peas are hot, 10 minutes. Taste and adjust the seasonings as needed.

Divide the grits among shallow bowls, then top with the kale mixture.

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Adapted from "More Quick-Fix Vegan," by Robin Robertson (Andrews McMeel, 2014).

Tested by Joe Yonan.

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