Good ole Southern Cooking at it's best. I looked forward to these every summer when the fresh black eyed peas were plentiful. Maw Maw would get them by the bushel, we'd sit out back under the big old oaks in the afternoon, enjoy the breeze & shell peas. Once she cooked them up, you knew it was worth all the effort. Add some cornbread & sliced home grown tomatoes and you didn't need anything else. Fresh Frozen Black Eyed Peas come close. They taste much fresher than dried peas, and taste like summer even in the winter.
- Based on the amount of Peas you are cooking, add water to Pot.
- Start to bring to a boil.
- Take Ham Hock and score skin side if needed and add to pot.
- Boil Ham Hock for about 20 minutes to season water, add Bacon Grease & stir until melted.
- Add Peas.
- Boil at a rapid boil for the first 20 minutes, then turn down to a low boil and cover pot. Continue cooking until Peas are getting soft.
- Take a taste.
- Season with Salt & Pepper to your taste.