A Meal for a Cold Night

December 14th, 2010

After spending the day Christmas shopping, I returned home, brought in all of the potted plants and herbs, and turned on the oven to cook a meal to usher in the coldest night of the year in Florida.  The wind chill factor was supposed to be in the teens; not what I had anticipated when we decided to spend the Winters in the Sunshine State.  But it was a good excuse to cook a pork roast.

One of my favorite cuts of pork is a rib end, bone in roast.  Say what we will about boneless pork loins, there is nothing better than a cut with the bones included.  The roast I got from my local Publix was a 6 bone roast and when cooked, sliced easily into 6 large chops.  They were moist, tender and with the pan juices and cooked onions scattered over the top, worthy of company.  This is an easy preparation so I am not detailing a recipe.  I brown the roast on all sides in an iron skillet with a sliced onion in the pan, add herbs and wine, cover it with foil and bake it in a 375 degree oven for 45 minutes to 1 hour.

With the roast I served a Paula Deen recipe that was worth passing on to you.  It is Spinach and Black-Eyed Peas. I love the combination and it goes together quickly using frozen black-eyed peas and fresh baby spinach.  I am considering this as a side dish for the traditional New Years Day dinner.  The whole meal, including mashed potatoes was on the table in no time at all.  It made me wish we had invited company to share it with us.


1 tablespoon butter
1 cup chopped onion
1 tablespoon minced garlic
3 cups chicken broth
1 ham hock
2 (16 oz) packages frozen black-eyed peas, thawed
1 tablespoon hot sauce
1 tablespoon sugar
1 (10 ox.) package fresh baby spinach
1/2 teaspoon salt

In a large Dutch oven, melt butter over medium-high heat.  Add onion and garlic; cook for 4 minutes, or until onion is tender.  Add chicken broth and ham hock; bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 6 minutes.  I cooked it for 15 minutes.  Stir in black-eyed peas, hot sauce, and sugar; cook for 15 to 20 minutes, or until peas are tender.  Add spinach and salt; cook for 4 minutes.  Remove ham hock and shred any meat that is on the bone and return it to the pot.  Serve hot. (I strained off some of the liquid.

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14 responses to “A Meal for a Cold Night”

  1. The black eyed peas and spinach are a nice accompaniment Penny.

  2. racheld says:

    Pork roast + Blackeyed Peas + cold night= Perfect Comfort Food.

    The black skillet is just the crust on the cornbread.

  3. yummmmmy! i wish i was there having that comforting, winter meal with you and David!

  4. I am definitely trying this recipe…what a great combination.


  5. Donnie says:

    That sounds really good on a good Florida night…Take care and stay warm.

  6. Susan says:

    Yes, Penny, it is a tad bit too cold for us also. I have two of these pork roasts in my freezer right now. We love them so much. I like the way you roasted it.

  7. Big Dude says:

    Both dishes look very good. It’s looking like you and Sam may should have just spent Christmas in NC. It’s a bummer to have this kind of weather in Florida.

  8. If you think it’s cold there, you should be here in the mountains. It was 5 degrees yesterday morning on our porch. When the temperature finally climbed to 30 it felt warm. It’s been bitter cold here with snow. We’re headed back to south Florida over the weekend. I just can’t take the snow. I think I’ve turned into a hothouse flower.

    Pot roast sounds perfect.

  9. Searing and roasting is one of my favorite ways to prepare meat. I love making pan sauces from the fond. I hope your cold snap passes soon. We’re finally getting rain in California, but we’ve been kept safe from freezing temps…so far. Merry Christmas!

  10. Barbara says:

    Yes, Penny, it certainly has been cold in Florida! And we are just not insulated against the cold as others…few seem to understand that. But at least we are not digging ourselves out of a snowbank!

    Pork roast is the perfect answer…love it over the onions.

  11. Rita says:

    We were both in a pork roast mode I think. I must say your looks much more sophisticated than mine. Those black eye peas sould so good.
    We are in a deep freeze up here.

  12. Looks wonderful!!! We are having a pork tenderloin tonight & the spinach and black eyed peas will be wonderful with it!

  13. Rita says:

    It’s me again; Please could you get that Mac and cheese for the clay pot recipe. I will check on line and see.
    My husband’s eye lit up when I told him about this.thank you.

  14. I agree with you about the bone in roast. I wish I would see this cut more often in the stores, the bones make the roast so much more flavorful, and it gives everyone something great to gnaw on for leftovers.

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