Black Eye Peas, Carrots and Collards from a Pressure Cooker

I made something very similar to this not too long ago, but it didn't have carrots in it.  Oh let me tell you, my friend, carrots with black eye peas, onions and collard greens are a match made in heaven.  A cornbread pancake on the side makes the meal just that much more fun.  My husband and kids chow down on this TOTALLY VEGAN meal.  There's barely enough for a leftover-lunch.  It has become one of our favorite meals of the week.

Now, I have no idea what it takes to make this meal without the use of a pressure cooker.  Seriously, I wouldn't think to cook it any other way.  It takes me maybe 8 minutes to wash and prep the vegetables and season them in the cooker.  It takes 5 minutes for the cooker to start chattering, 4 minutes to cook the vegetables and 1 minute to cool the cooker.  It takes so little time to produce.

I've started the habit of whipping up a batch of cornbread batter BEFORE I start the vegetables.  While I'm waiting for the cooker to chatter, I get to work flippin' the pancakes on the griddle.  I've got it down, too.  Everything is hot and ready to eat at the same time.

Next time I make this, I'll turn on the video camera and show you.  I would have done it today, but it's Sunday.  I stay in my pajamas on Sunday.  And as much as I want you and I to be close, I'm not ready to take us to that next level. ;D


serves 6

  • 1 pound frozen black eye peas
  • 1 bunch collard greens, stems removed, leaves cut into 1/2-inch slivers
  • 1 large yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 3 to 4 carrots, peeled, cut into 1-inch slices
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon Colgin liquid smoke
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt

In a 6 quart pressure cooker, add in the black eye peas, onion, carrots, water, liquid smoke, Worcestershire sauce and salt. Give everything a good toss. Layer the cut collard greens on top, but DO NOT stir them in with the rest of the ingredients.

Depending on the type of pressure cooker you own, once the pressure has built up in the cooker, cook for 4 minutes.  Remove cooker from heat source and let it cool on its own.  Serve hot with a side of Cornbread Pancakes.

 If you don't own a pressure cooker, go to my stove top version here.  Black Eye Peas, Carrots and Collards.