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SOUTHERN BLACK-EYED PEAS

Are you looking for a flavorful pot of black-eyed peas? You will love these flavorful Southern Black-eyed peas.

If you season them well, black-eye peas are delicious.  To season my Southern 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 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.  To make flavorful peas, you must add one of these meats.  If cooking Southern black-eyed peas on your stovetop, cook the bacon and leave the rendered fat in the pot before adding the other ingredients.

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SOUTHERN BLACK-EYE PEAS

New Year’s Day Good Luck Meal

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

Crock-Pot Southern Black-Eyed 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 these Southern black-eyed peas on low in a slow cooker for 7 to 8 hours.

Stovetop Southern Black-eye peas

  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-eyed peas.

The legend around black-eye 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-Eyed Peas Tradition

My tradition of eating black-eye 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 Year’s.

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SOUTHERN BLACK-EYE PEAS
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4.17 from 6 votes

Southern Black-Eyed Peas

These black eye peas are incredibly flavorful.  You will want a second bowl.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time7 hrs
Course: entree
Cuisine: American
Keyword: black eyed peans, black-eye peas, black-eyed peas, crock pot, crockpot, Easter Sides, leftover black eye peas, slow cooker, slow cooker beans
Calories: 1582kcal

Ingredients

  • 16 ounces dried black-eyed peas (cover with water and soak the peas over night)
  • ham hock 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 water
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • Two teaspoons Cajun seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons sugar

Instructions

  • Wash the black eye peas and allow them to soak in water overnight.
  • After soaking the peas, rinse them again thoroughly.
  • 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.
  • In a large Dutch oven, add 8 cups of water and your ham hock or bone and bring them to a boil.
  • Add the onion, garlic, sugar, and spices to the ham. Insert the peas.
  • Cover, reduce heat and simmer for 2 hours on the stovetop or until the peas are tender.
  • Cook the black-eyed peas on low in a slow cooker for 7 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.

Nutrition

Calories: 1582kcal | Carbohydrates: 286g | Protein: 108g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 2479mg | Potassium: 5205mg | Fiber: 50g | Sugar: 36g | Vitamin A: 227IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 580mg | Iron: 38mg

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9 thoughts on “SOUTHERN BLACK-EYED PEAS”

  1. 5 stars
    I must have made BEPs 50 or so times. This year I decided to use your recipe. OMG! It’s ambrosia. I’m on my second bowl. Best I’ve ever had. Only change I made was that I used 2 pork hock because the had been frozen together so I just threw them both in. Incredible!

    Reply
    • Linda,

      You made my day! I am just finishing a huge bowl of Black eyed peas too. I am thrilled you enjoyed them. Thank you so much for not only visiting my blog but leaving me a comment too.
      Many many blessings!

      Have a Fabulous New Year!
      Diane Roark

      Reply
    • Patricia,

      Thank you so much for stopping by Recipes For Our Daily Bread and leaving me a comment. I am thinking if you eat black-eyed peas and your father taught you how to make them, you must live in the South. It seems to be a very Southern thing to eat black-eyed peas, especially on New Year’s Day.
      Many blessings for a fabulous New Year!
      Diane Roark

      Reply
  2. 5 stars
    This is such an interesting tradition and story! We eat ham and beans out in the west, but not black-eye peas, so these I MUST try! Thank you for giving your recipe for making them extra yummy. Can’t wait for luck to shine on us, and happy tummies too, lol.

    Reply
    • 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

      Reply
        • 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

          Reply

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