Black-eyed Peas and Pork Gumbo

16 oz (1) pkg dried black beans;
1 md Size green pepper; chopped
1/4 c Onion; divided chopped
2 1/2 c Qts water; divided
2 cl Garlic; minced
1/2 ts Dried whole oregano;
1/4 ts Ground cumin;
3 tb Vinegar;
1 ts Salt;
3 c Rice; cooked hot cooked without salt/fat

Sort and wash beans. Combine beans, green pepper, and 2 tb onion in a large Dutch Oven. Cover with 6 cups of water, and soak overnight. Add remaining 4 cups water to Dutch oven; cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 2 1/2 hrs or until beans are tender. Combine the remaining 2 tb onion, garlic, oregano, and cumin in a small bowl; mash mixture, using a fork. Stir in vinegar. Add vinegar mixture and salt to beans. Simmer, uncovered, an additi1/3 c Oil
1/3 c All-purpose flour
2 tb Oil
1 1/2 c Sliced fresh okra; (frozen OK. add with tomatoes)
1 c Chopped onions
3/4 c Chopped celery
3 cloves garlic; minced
4 c Water
2 c Chopped tomatoes; Or 1 can 14.5-oz can whole tomatoes, drained, cut up
1/3 c Chopped fresh parsley
1 1/2 ts Salt
1/2 ts Dried thyme leaves
1/4 ts Cayenne pepper
1/4 ts Black pepper
2 Bay leaves
3/4 lb Pork chops;well-trimmed, boned- cubed OR 1/2 lb. cubed cooked ham
1 can (15-oz.) black-eyed peas; undrained


2 c Hot cooked rice
1/4 c Chopped fresh parsley
1/4 c Chopped green onions; if desired

Heat 1/2 cup oil in a small saucepan or skillet over medium-low heat until hot. Using a wire whisk, stir in flour. Cook 5 to 7 minutes or until golden brown, stirring constantly. Set aside.

Heat 1 to 2 tablespoons oil in a 3-quart heavy saucepan or 4-quart Dutch oven over medium heat until hot. Add okra(if fresh), onions, celery, and garlic; cook 8 to 10 min. or until vegetables are tender, stirring occasionally. Stir in flour mixture until well blended. Add water, tomatoes(okra if frozen, but thawed) 1/3 cup parsley, salt, thyme, cayenne pepper, and bay leaves. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer 20 minutes. Add cubed pork; cook an additional 15 to 20 minutes or until pork is tender and no longer pink. Stir in black-eyed peas; cook until thoroughly heated. Remove bay leaves. Ladle gumbo into 8 individual soup bowls; top each with 1/4 cup rice. Sprinkle servings with 1/4 cup parsley and green onions.


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