Black Eyed Peas Recipe

Black Eyed Peas are one of the most comforting, amazing dishes in southern history. Well, at least they are in my family. Thankfully, they are one of the easiest, most budget-friendly, nutrient-rich dishes to prepare, too.

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Growing up, there were many weeknights that we had supper with my grandparents and all my grandfather would want for supper was black eyed peas, cornbread, and a glass of milk.

Time after time, that was the meal grandmother loving prepared for him with black eyed peas simmering on the stove throughout the afternoon for that night’s supper. I always thought he didn’t know what he was missing by not eating whatever she’d prepared to go along with it for the rest of us.

Now that I’m older, there are many nights that a big bowl of black eyed peas on top of a hunk of southern cornbread and a little bit of pepper sauce is all I want for supper, too. I get it and thankfully, black eyed peas are something that my whole family enjoys. I guess that’s just one more thing I should’ve listened to my grandparents about. At least I know now.

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Here’s my simple Black Eyed Peas recipe.

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Black Eyed Peas Recipe
 
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Black Eyed Peas are a classic, southern staple. This black eyed pea recipe includes two cooking methods.
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Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 1 pound (16-ounces) dried black eyed peas
  • 1 ham bone (leftover and frozen from previously cooked ham recipe) or about 7 strips of thick-sliced bacon or salt pork
  • salt and pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. Stove Top Instructions
  2. Rinse black eyed peas in a colander, discarding any peas that are discolored or any small pebbles that may be in the dried peas.
  3. Pour rinsed black eyed peas into a large, heavy-bottomed stock pot and soak overnight. Pour black eyed peas through a colander again to remove them from the water they soaked in overnight.
  4. Add peas back to the stock pot and return to stove over medium-low heat. Add enough water to the stock pot to cover the black eyed peas, plus about 2 inches. Add in ham bone, bacon or salt pork. Bring black eyed peas to a simmer and continue to keep at a low simmer, adding water and stirring occasionally as needed, until the black eyed peas are fork tender, about two hours.
  5. Remove and discard ham bone, leaving bits of ham that would have cooked into the black eyed peas in the peas. If using bacon or salt pork, remove and discard. Salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Serve warm.
  7. Slow Cooker Instructions
  8. Rinse black eyed peas in a colander, discarding any peas that are discolored or any small pebbles that may be in the dried peas.
  9. Pour rinsed black eyed peas into the crock insert of the slow cooker. Add ham bone, bacon or salt pork. Add enough water to the black eyed peas to cover completely plus about two inches of water.
  10. Add lid to the slow cooker and cook for 8 hours on low setting.
  11. Remove and discard ham bone, leaving bits of ham that would have cooked into the black eyed peas in the peas. If using bacon or salt pork, remove and discard.
  12. Serve warm.

 

Enjoy!
Robyn

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About Robyn

A seventh generation Southern wife and mom who loves to share simple, fresh, and scrumptious recipes the whole family will enjoy.

Comments

  1. 1

    I love black-eyed peas. In my household, they are a staple for the New Year. One of the foods that you eat for good luck.

  2. 2

    Thank you, Robyn Happy New Year!

  3. 3

    This is probably a silly question, but could I use strips of precooked bacon in this recipe? (That is what I usually buy because it saves me the work and mess of frying up bacon. Yes, I am lazy.) I am eager to try this yummy looking recipe!

    • 4

      Hi Jocelyn,
      Not a silly question at all. You’ll want to use uncooked bacon so that you have all of the flavor as it cooks in this black eyed peas recipe. Hope you love it!

      Robyn xo

  4. 5

    Love black eyed peas! Only comment and concern is that this is way too much salt, especially since those pork products already have a lot of salt. Might choose to salt or not after the peas are cooked.. Thanx. Happy New Year!

  5. 6

    I’m not used to eat black eyed peas, now I’ll know what to do with them! Cooking wit a ham bone is always a hit, will definitely try your recipe :)

  6. 7

    This is just the way I love them! With our Christmas hambone! I hope 2013 is an amazing year for you! Xoxoxo

  7. 8

    We feel the same way about blackeyed peas but only really like them cooked from fresh peas. Just can’t stomach the dried ones! My parents always grew them and then we shelled them and canned them fresh. Now that I live farther away I have trouble getting them fresh and have tired every type of canned and dried variety. They just taste very different to me. I grow them in my garden and can or freeze them. But I wonder, have you ever eaten them cooked from fresh and do they taste different to you? Just curious!

  8. 9

    I just made a batch of peas in my crock pot. We like them spicy so I always add a 1/3 cup of sliced pickled jalapenos from the jar….and some onions and garlic. One of our favorite meals!

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