Cabbage, Black-Eyed Pea and Ground Beef Soup

Prep Time: 1 Hour
Yields: 8 Servings

Comment:
In many cultures cabbage, black-eyed peas and pork are traditional fare for New Year's celebrations. Black-eyed peas are said to be a sign of good luck, and the leaves of the cabbage plant represent paper money, symbolizing prosperity. This soup is a great example of one of the interesting ways the Germans of Louisiana incorporated cabbage into their cooking throughout the New Year.

Ingredients:

1 small cabbage, cubed
3 (15.5-ounce) cans black-eyed peas
1 pound ground beef
1 cup diced onions
1 cup diced celery
1/2 cup diced bell peppers
1/4 cup minced garlic
1 (5 and 1/2-ounce) can tomato juice
1 (10-ounce) can stewed tomatoes
1 (10-ounce) can ROTEL
1/4 cup white vinegar
1/4cup sugar
1 pound pulled left-over pork roast (optional)
2 cups chicken or beef stock
salt and black pepper to taste
granulated garlic to taste
Louisiana hot sauce to taste

Method:

In a cast iron Dutch oven, brown ground beef over medium-high heat. Stir constantly to render fat while chopping to separate beef. Drain fat then add onions, celery, bell peppers and minced garlic. Saute 5 minutes. Add tomato juice, stewed tomatoes and ROTEL. Bring to a rolling boil and reduce to simmer. Blend in cabbage, black-eyed peas, vinegar and sugar. If using left-over pork, stir in 1 pound or approximately 3 cups. Pour in stock and bring to a low boil. Reduce to simmer and continue cooking 30 minutes. Season to taste with salt, pepper, granulated garlic and hot sauce. Serve hot with crackers or toasted French bread.