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SOUTHERN BLACK-EYE PEAS

I am thankful you decided to stop by to see my Black-Eyed Peas.  Are you lLooking for a great pot of black-eyed peas?

How to season your black-eyed peas?  

If you get them seasoned well, black eye peas are delicious.  To season my black-eyed peas, I include:

  • onions
  • garlic
  • Cajun seasoning to add lots of flavor to my peas.
  • Seasoned Salt
  • Pepper
  • Sugar
  • Salty Meat

Salty Meat

You have to have a salty meat to season black-eye peas.  I love adding a Honey Hambone.  It adds a beautiful sweet and salty combination to the black-eyed peas.  A Country Hambone is excellent but if using it do not add the extra salt. You can also use four or five strips of bacon instead of the ham.  If cooking the black-eyed peas on your stovetop, cook the bacon and leave the rendered fat in the pot before adding the other ingredients.  You need one of these meats to add lots of flavor to any dried peas or beans.

SOUTHERN BLACK-EYE PEAS

 

SOUTHERN BLACK-EYE PEAS SEASONED WELL

In most Southern homes, black eye peas are always served on New Year’s Day for good luck. 

Crock-Pot Black-Eye Peas

  • Wash the black eye peas and allow them to soak in water overnight.
  • After soaking the peas, rinse them again thoroughly.
  • Add the peas and ham bone to the crock-pot and enough water to cover the peas. This will depend on the size of your slow cooker.
  • Use One ham hock or one of the following.  A Honey Hambone is delicious.  A Country Hambone is fantastic also.  If using Country hambone do not add the extra salt.  You can use 4 or 5 strips of bacon instead of the ham.  If using bacon, cook the bacon and then add it to all the other ingredients to the slow cooker, fat and all.
  • Add the chopped onion, garlic, salt, pepper, sugar, and Cajun seasoning.
  • Cook the black-eyed peas on low in a slow cooker for 7 to 8 hours.

Stovetop

  1. Add everything to a large dutch oven.
  2. Cover, reduce heat and simmer for 2 hours on the stovetop or until the peas are tender.

Serve them as a side dish or as a main dish over rice.

Legend around black-eye peas.

The legend around black-eyed peas is that Sherman’s troops during the Civil War destroyed all the crops in the South except the black-eyed peas.  The black-eyed peas became the only food for the starving Confederates. Now, the tradition of being considered lucky happens if you eat black-eyed peas on New Year’s day.

Black Eye Peas Tradition

My tradition of eating black-eyed peas for New Year’s is because they are delicious.  They go well with melt in your mouth cornbread and Honey Ham that I also serve on New Year’s Day.  Black-Eye Peas and cornbread are a perfect meal anytime.  When you add ham to this menu, it is an excellent meal plan for New Years.

Have a Great New Years!

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SOUTHERN BLACK-EYE PEAS

Southern Black-Eyed Peas


  • Author: Diane @recipesforourdailybread
  • Category: Entree
  • Cuisine: American

Description

These black eye peas are incredibly flavorful.  You will want a second bowl.


Ingredients

  • One (16 ounces) package dried black-eyed peas (cover with water and soak the peas over night)
  • Use One ham hock or one of the following.  A Honey Hambone is delicious.  A Country Hambone is fantastic also.  If using Country hambone do not add the extra salt.  You can use 4 or 5 strips of bacon instead of the ham.  If using bacon, cook the bacon and then add it to all the other ingredients in the slow cooker, fat and all.
  • 6 cups of water
  • One medium onion, chopped
  • Two cloves minced garlic
  • And, one teaspoon seasoned salt
  • Plus, one teaspoon pepper
  • Add, one teaspoon sugar
  • Two teaspoons Cajun seasoning

Instructions

  1. Wash the black eye peas and allow them to soak in water overnight.
  2. After soaking the peas, rinse them again thoroughly.
  3. Ham hock – A honey ham bone is delicious. A Country, ham bone, is terrific also but if using this do not add the extra salt. You can use 4 or 5 strips of bacon instead of the ham. Cook the bacon and left the rendered fat in the pot before adding the water. You need ONE of these things in any dried peas or beans.
  4. In a large Dutch oven, add 8 cups of water and your ham hock or bone and bring them to a boil.
  5. Add the onion, garlic, sugar, and spices to the ham. Insert the peas.
  6. Cover, reduce heat and simmer for 2 hours on the stovetop or until the peas are tender.
  7. Cook the black-eyed peas on low in a slow cooker for 7 to 8 hours.

Notes

This recipe can easily be cooked on a stovetop for two hours on low or on low in a slow cooker for 7 to 8 hours.

If the water evaporates below the level of the peas, add additional water to cover the black-eyed peas.

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19 thoughts on “SOUTHERN BLACK-EYE PEAS

    • Eva,

      In Alabama, Arkansas, Tennessee, and Georgia, I know most people always eat black eyed peas for New Years. I was in my 40’s before I realized not everyone ate them. It sound silly because I not sure they have ever brought me great luck but I am still eating them AND PRAYING!!
      Thank you so much for stopping by. You have a great blog. I check it out earlier tonight. I look forward to following your social medias.
      HAPPY NEW YEAR!
      Diane

        • Eva,

          I love Missouri. I just got home from Branson. I just love seeing the lights at SDC. Their are millions of lights everywhere which are so beautiful. We have a rental property in Branson and visit often. I also write about things to do in Branson.

          Do you visit Branson very often?
          Blessings and HAPPY NEW YEAR!
          Diane Roark

  1. Sounds so good. Trying it for our church New Years fellowship tomorrow. One question do I put the ‘grease’ from the bacon into the crockpot too?

    • Arline,

      After you cook your bacon hard in a large pot, add the water and all the seasonings. Once everything has been added, you can put it into a crock-pot. Cook the peas in the crock-pot on low for 7 to 8 hours.

      I hope you all enjoy these black eye peas.
      HAPPY NEW YEAR!! Thanks so much for visiting my blog. I hope you will consider following me if you do not already.
      Diane Roark

      • The black eye peas recipe was a HUGE hit!!! One of the best cooks at my church asked for the recipe!!! That’s what I call success!!! Thanks so much!!!! May GOD bless you in the new year!!!

  2. I make a mock ham n’ bean dish by substituting smoked turkey legs or wings, tried a breast one time(no bones to buy, I’m cheap like that) but the white meat just didn’t seem to impart the flavor of the dark meat of the legs and wings. I discovered this recipe by accident because I’m shackled to a Kosher diet. I buy legs or wings that are around a pound and a half.
    Put turkey in a 5-6 qt crock pot and sprinkle with meat tenderizer and cover with chicken broth and simmer on high for a couple hours, til tender, then I add whatever bean or split peas you please, plus onion, shredded carrots, minced garlic and a few stalks of celery and continue for a couple more hours. Then shred and de-bone the legs or wings right in the crock pot, I would be careful adding any more salt as the meat tenderizer has plenty of sodium in it. What I do is I added a tsp of worcestershire and a dash or two of any hot sauce, I find the hot sauce acts like a flavor enhancer less the sodium, try it sometime. While the turkey parts are simmering it gives of the smell of ham boiling and the rest of the soup has a great taste and healthier too. Bon Appetite. L.D. Adios n’ Hasta La Bye Bye!

    • L.D.,

      What a great tip for beans! I am going to try hard this coming year to eat a little healthier. I have never thought about substituting smoked turkey for the pork. It definitely sounds healthier. I also like the way you added the onion, carrots, celery, and garlic. I love cooking with these vegetables. They add so much flavor to all recipes, and I really enjoy the way they smell when cooking.

      Thank you so much for sharing this idea! I really appreciate you leaving me a message. I hope you will consider following my blog.

      Blessings and have a great weekend!!
      Diane Roark

    • I forgot to add on the substitution of smoked turkey for ham I also toss in a packet of onion soup and dip mix, this also enhances the turkey and beans, peas or lentils that you chose for this soup along with the worcestershire and a splash of hot sauce. Bon Appetite! L.D.

  3. I’m a Georgia girl but had never heard that particular story before. And since my husband is a Civil War historian you would have thought I’d have heard that somewhere along the way. Learn something new everyday! Irregardless, black eyed peas are so good. I’ve never tried Cajun seasoning in mine, so will do that next time. Thanks Diane!

    • Bonnie,

      I had heard a similar story before so I Googled it. It makes since. I love the history of food or anything to do with food.
      You really cannot taste the Cajun Seasoning. It just gives it a tiny bit of flavor.

      Blessings and I love Georgia. I lived in Macon in the early 90’s for 6 years.
      Diane Roark

  4. Never knew that story about Black Eye Peas, but will say I am Italian and it is Lentils that bring luck for us on New Year’s Eve, but so loved hearing about these and the legend of luck they too are supposed to bring. Looks like a great recipe for anytime of the year and thanks as always for sharing, Diane!! 🙂

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