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    Traditional Basic Black Eyed Peas

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    1 hr 50 mins

    15 mins

    1 hr 35 mins

    Annacia's Note:

    Here's a recipe for basic black-eyed peas with bacon or hog jowl and spicy seasonings and herbs, along with garlic and vegetables. These peas are delicious with cornbread or corn muffins and seasoned greens.

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    1. 1
      Rinse peas and pick over for bad or discolored peas and small stones; transfer to a medium saucepan.
    2. 2
      Cover with water and bring to a boil.
    3. 3
      Reduce heat to a simmer and continue cooking for 5 minutes; set aside.
    4. 4
      Put the meat in a large stock pot and cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes, until fat is rendered.
    5. 5
      Add the onion, diced carrot, and garlic. Cook, stirring, until tender, about 6 to 8 minutes.
    6. 6
      Add peas and enough water to cover by 2 inches.
    7. 7
      Add pepper flakes, black pepper, thyme, and oregano.
    8. 8
      Bring to a boil; reduce heat to medium and simmer, covered, for about 1 hour.
    9. 9
      Uncover and cook for 30 to 45 minutes longer, or until peas are tender.
    10. 10
      Add more water as needed to keep them moist. When the peas are tender stir in the salt and Tabasco, if using.
    11. 11
      Serve with hot baked cornbread and a tossed salad.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on February 26, 2012


      I used fresh black-eyed peas, so mine didn't require as much water. Otherwise, I made as posted. I've never used these herbs in my black eyed peas, so this was a different taste for me. I'm from the south US, so always used bacon or "fat-back" to season my black eyed peas. This was a hit! Made the dish new again!

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    • on September 12, 2007


      Yum! I used a big piece of "streaked meat", and omitted the red pepper flakes. These are even better reheated the next day!

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    Nutritional Facts for Traditional Basic Black Eyed Peas

    Serving Size: 1 (256 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 512.4
    Calories from Fat 366
    Total Fat 40.6 g
    Saturated Fat 14.6 g
    Cholesterol 51.1 mg
    Sodium 1531.0 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 28.0 g
    Dietary Fiber 8.5 g
    Sugars 2.4 g
    Protein 11.2 g

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