Monday, July 16, 2012

Slap Ya Mama Cornbread & Cream Pea Salad

When I was growing up, we would visit my cousins, who lived in the middle of a peach farm.  They would rise very early to tend to their crop.  The Noon Meal was a big meal, always consisting of peas & tomatoes they grew on their farm.  Roast or chicken, a skillet of cornbread and some kind of dessert made from the peaches.  This may be strange to some, but they always topped their peas and tomatoes with mayonnaise.  This was the inspriration for my salad, enjoy!

Slap Ya Mama Cornbread & Cream Pea Salad
Linda Mire

Directions for Peas

1 pound Fresh Cream Peas
1 teaspoon Slap Ya Mama Hot Cajun Seasoning
1 Slice of Bacon - chopped
24-32 ounces low sodium chicken broth (enough to cover the peas)

Place peas, SYM and bacon in a pot, pour in enough broth to cover peas, bring to boil, then reduce heat to low and continue to cook until peas are tender, occasionally stirring and adding more broth. (Cooks in about 1 hour). cool and drain peas.

Directions for SYM Caramelized Bacon

6 Slices of Bacon
2 teaspoons Slap Ya Mama Hot Cajun Seasoning 
½ cup of chopped pecans
2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar

Cover a cookie sheet with foil. Place your bacon on the cookie sheet, sprinkle each piece with pecans, then Slap Ya Mama and brown sugar.

Place in oven at 400 degrees. Bake until crispy, about 15 minutes (carefully watch so you don’t burn it).

Directions for Cornbread

Make your favorite cornbread recipe. (Add 1 teaspoon of Slap Ya Mama to batter). You will need about 2 cups, cubed.

Directions for Dressing

¾ Cup Mayonnaise
¾ Cup Sour Cream
1 teaspoon Slap Ya Mama Hot Cajun Seasoning 

You Will Also Need

3 cups of Romaine lettuce, torn into bite size pieces
2 Tomatoes, chopped
1 cup sharp white cheddar cheese, grated
½ red onion, chopped

FOR SALAD (Layer as follows):

Start with 2 cups lettuce on bottom, 2nd layer - 1 cup peas, 3rd layer - red onion, 4th layer - 1 cup cornbread, 5th layer - shredded cheese, 6th layer - 1 cup lettuce, 7th layer - 1 cup peas, 8th layer - tomatoes, 9thlayer - 1 cup cornbread, 10th layer - bacon/pecans. Place a big dollop of the mayo/sour cream dressing on top (reserve rest).

Garnish with bacon, tomato and cornbread cubes.

When ready to serve, toss together, adding additional dressing until desired consistency.

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