Chef Marcus has ideas for New Years! This Pot Likker soup is a LTO comfort food sure to warm up guests and help the hang-over crowd to recover. It's got all the traditional ingredients to ensure your guests will have a good year. With black-eyed peas for luck, collard greens for money, ham for living high on the hog, and cornbread croutons to wish they may never go hungry, this soup is full of good cheer.
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2 lbs smoked ham
1 medium onion, chopped
1 medium carrot, diced
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 garlic clove, chopped
1/2 cup dry white wine
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
15 oz. vegetable broth
8 oz. fresh collard greens, washed and trimmed
- Bring ham and 8 cups water to a boil in a heavy bottom stock pot over medium-high heat. Boil 30 minutes.
- Sauté onion and carrot in hot oil in pot over medium heat 4 to 5 minutes or until tender; add garlic, and cook 1 minute. Add wine; cook, stirring occasionally, 2 minutes or until wine is reduced by half.
- Add shanks, salt, and crushed red pepper to onion mixture, and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer 3 hours or until ham shanks are tender.
- Remove shanks, and let cool 30 minutes. Remove meat from bones; discard bones. Transfer meat to an airtight container; cover and chill. Cover pot with lid, and chill soup 8 hours.
- Skim and discard fat from soup in pot. Stir in meat and vegetable broth.
- Bring mixture to a boil. Gradually stir in collards and black eye peas. Reduce heat, and simmer, stirring occasionally, 45 to 50 minutes or until collards are tender. Serve with Cornbread Croutons.