Southern style Black eyed peas
If they make you prosperous or not, this black eyed pea recipe is delicious year around.
The southern way
I like most southern people in the deep south of the USA, eat black eyed peas on New years day. The saying goes, the more black eyed peas you eat on new years day, the more prosperous you will be in the coming year. Even though I doubt it will help you make more money throughout the year, it is still worth making up a big batch of them. I serve my black eyed peas over a bowl of white rice.
If you would like to do a vegetarian version, I would omit 2 quarts of the water you will be adding to make your broth and replace it with 2 quarts of vegetable stock.
If ham is not to your liking, replace the ham hocks with two smoked turkey legs.
2 pounds dried black eyed peas (4 cups of peas)
2 pounds smoked ham hocks
2 carrots sliced
1 onion diced
2 garlic cloves peeled
1 tablespoon hot sauce (Of your choosing)
1 teaspoon cracked black pepper
1 teaspoon celery salt
Kosher Salt to taste
In a 5 quart crock pot
Place your ham hocks, carrots, onions, garlic cloves, hot sauce, celery salt, cracked black pepper and 3 quarts of water. Place your crock pot on high and cook for 2 hours.
If you want to make the vegetarian version. ..
In your crock pot place 2 quarts of vegetable stock, 1 quart of water, carrots, onions, garlic cloves, celery salt, 1 dried smoked chipotle pepper, 2 tablespoons of olive oil and cracked black pepper.
Place on high and cook for 2 hours.
When your two hours are up, do not turn your crock pot off, as you will continue to cook your broth for 1 more hour.
I find it unnecessary to soak your beans over night, the quick soak method is much easier and I have a tendency too forget to soak my beans the night before.
After two hours of the three hour cooking time of your broth is up. Rinse your black eyed peas. In a 5 quart pot, add 4 quarts of water and your black eyed peas. Place on your stove.
On medium heat, bring to a rapid boil, boil your black eyed peas for 2 minutes. Take them off the heat, cover and let stand for 1 hour. After your hour is up, drain your black eyed peas, discard the water and place your black eyed peas in the crock pot of broth. Cover, cook on high for 2 1/2 hours.
A half hour before your black eyed peas are done, taste them and add kosher salt to your liking.