Here are a few of my favorite Soul Food recipes I hope you will enjoy. If you don’t want to fix them yourself, the next time you come to Unity Village, I might just prepare something special for you. ~ Rev. Sandra Campbell
Sandra’s Mixed Greens
6 cups water
1-1/2 lbs smoked meat (ham hocks, turkey legs/wings) …OR…Smoked Salt & Liquid Smoke
3 lbs assorted greens (collard, mustard, turnip, kale, spinach)—washed, stems removed, cut into pieces (the large rib stems make the greens tough…so be sure to remove them)
1 large onion (sliced or chopped)
1 clove garlic crushed (or 1 tbsp minced garlic)
1 tsp sugar
2 tsp Season All or regular salt
2 tbsp red pepper flakes
1 tsp black pepper
¼ cup olive oil
2 tsp liquid smoke
Bring water, meat and onions to boil in large pot (pressure cooker – @ 45 minutes)
Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer 1-1/2 hours until meat is tender.
If not using meat…no skip that step.
Add greens, sugar, salt, red pepper flakes, black paper, olive oil.
Stir and push greens down frequently.
Cook until tender—about 30-35 minutes or longer if necessary.
Tip: Baking soda will help the greens tenderize faster…collards take the longest to tenderize)
Mama’s Good Old Southern Hot Water Corn Bread
1 cup finely ground yellow corn meal
3 tbsp flour
3 tbsp sugar
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp salt
1 cup boiling water
1/2 cup vegetable oil
Mix dry ingredients together in a medium size bowl; set aside. Bring about 1 cup of water to a boil. Add about ¾ cup of the water to mixture. Heat oil in skillet hot enough for frying. Wet hands. Make patties from mixture and drop into hot grease. Brown on both sides. Best served hot or warm. Delicious with greens and beans.
Mama’s Homemade Cha-Cha (aka Chow-Chow)
2-1/2 quarters green tomatoes, chopped (@ 7 cups)
2 large onions, chopped (@ 2 cups)
1 medium head cabbage, chopped (@ 5 cups)
3 tbsp salt
2-1/2 cups vinegar
2 cups sugar
1 tsp pepper
(Optional – sliced jalapenos: amount depends on how hot you want it; the seeds are what make it hot…so if you don’t want hot don’t add the peppers but not the seeds)