Cumin Dusted Shrimp with Black Eyed Peas and Collards

Cumin Dusted Shrimp with Black Eyed Peas and Collards

  • 1 cup (6 ounces) dried black-eyed peas
  • 1 small onion (about 1 cup), finely chopped
  • 1 stalk celery, cut into 1/4-inch dice
  • 1 (about 6 ounces) red bell pepper, cut into 1/4-inch dice
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons coarse salt, plus a pinch
  • Pinch of red-pepper flakes
  • 2 teaspoons cider vinegar
  • 20 large shrimp (about 1 pound), peeled and deveined
  • Vegetable-oil cooking spray
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 3/4 pound (about 6 cups) collard greens, stemmed and cut crosswise into 1/2-inch strips

Cover black-eyed peas with cold water in a medium bowl. Let soak 1 hour or overnight; drain.

Place black-eyed peas, onion, celery, bell pepper, one-third of garlic, bay leaf, 1 teaspoon thyme, and 1 1/2 quarts cold water in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to medium, and cook until beans are soft, about 40 minutes. Drain in a colander over a bowl; reserve 1/4 cup cooking liquid. Discard bay leaf.

Transfer beans to a medium bowl. Stir in 1/2 teaspoon cumin, 1 teaspoon salt, and red-pepper flakes. Stir in vinegar and reserved liquid. Cover to keep warm.

Toss shrimp with remaining 1/2 teaspoon thyme, 1 teaspoon cumin, and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a medium bowl. Lightly coat a large nonstick skillet with cooking spray; place over medium-high heat. Place shrimp in skillet in a single layer; cook, without turning, until shrimp are pink on one side, 2 to 3 minutes. Turn, and cook until shrimp are opaque, about 2 minutes. Transfer shrimp to a plate, and loosely cover with foil. Keep skillet on stove with heat off.

Wipe skillet clean with a paper towel. Add oil and remaining garlic to skillet. Cook over medium-high heat until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add collard greens, a pinch of salt, and 2 tablespoons water. Cook, stirring occasionally, until collard greens are bright green and crisp-tender, 2 to 3 minutes. Divide beans and collard greens among four plates, and top each serving with 5 shrimp.

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