Southern style Black eyed peas

Denise OStarred Page By Denise O, 1st Jan 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/zv7-116o/
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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.

Ingredients

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.

Why soak?

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.

Rice it up

I place a scoop of rice in the middle of a bowl, pour the black eyed peas on top, with a bit of the broth for sopping.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
2nd Jan 2011 (#)

I did not know about eating them today.. yikes! I do not have any!
Good for you for offering a vegetarian alternative too!

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author avatar Denise O
2nd Jan 2011 (#)

Mark, I eat them every new years day and prosperous, I am not.LOL
I was a vegetarian in my teens, unless I was starving and my only alternative was a free burger.
I was also a vegetarian throughout most of my 20's.
Okay I had a Big Mac attack, one too many times while preggos with my son.
Even though I do eat meat now, I am still mostly a vegetarian.
I know what it is like not to have a vegetarian recipe, that also is tasty.
I will add those other tags tomorrow, when I put in my next Bugg story. Thank you for all your help.
As always...
Thank you for stopping by.:)

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author avatar ppruel
2nd Jan 2011 (#)

I ate black eyed peas too Denise. It is one of the ingredients for halo-halo/icecream. I love eating them.

Congrats. Happy New Year.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
2nd Jan 2011 (#)

I'm hungry!!!!!!

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author avatar Denise O
2nd Jan 2011 (#)

Good for you ppruel. I ate two bowl fulls, I have to admit.
I must keep up with tradition.
Thank you for your kind words and for stopping by.:)

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author avatar Denise O
2nd Jan 2011 (#)

Jerry, Nothing wrogn with a big ol'bowl of peas I tell ya.
Thank you for stopping by.:)

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author avatar James R. Coffey
2nd Jan 2011 (#)

I always opt for the veggie version, but then again, that's not really Southern-style!

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author avatar A.R.Treadway
2nd Jan 2011 (#)

mmm mmm thems some good eatin peas there! Every new year day we have a big pot of them w/ corn bread & ham.I may not be "prosperous" but I am happy!

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author avatar poetic2984
2nd Jan 2011 (#)

Thanks for you many comment I do wish you all the best for the New Year may you continue to pen more of those thought provoking and inciteful article, Nice to meet u and all the best

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author avatar Denise O
2nd Jan 2011 (#)

James, I am making my collards all veggie style for a recipe tomorrow. I figure, if I am cooking it here in the south.
I can call it southern cooking.
Thank you for stopping by.:)

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author avatar Denise O
2nd Jan 2011 (#)

A.R, I hear ya, they have never made me rich but, I am darn happy!
I am a country girl at heart, I like nothing more than a bowl beans,rice and some cornbread, with plenty of butter and honey.
Thank you for your wishes (back at ya) and for stopping by.:)

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author avatar Denise O
2nd Jan 2011 (#)

Awww thank you poetic. It has been a pleasure getting to know you also.
Thank you for your kind words and wishes. I will keep writing, if you promise too do the same. I enjoy your art.
Thank you for stopping by.:)

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author avatar Carol
2nd Jan 2011 (#)

Well done Denise, star page! I like black eyed peas.

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author avatar Denise O
2nd Jan 2011 (#)

Thank you Carol. I am a black eyed peas fan myself.
Thank you for stopping by.:)

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author avatar F E FITCHETT
4th Jan 2011 (#)

Black eyed peas, yum! Thanks for the recipe.

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author avatar Denise O
4th Jan 2011 (#)

You are most welcome F E.
Thank you for stopping by.:)

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author avatar Greenfaol
6th Jan 2011 (#)

I've never had black eyed peas before. Will need to give this a try :D Thanks for that xx

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author avatar Denise O
6th Jan 2011 (#)

Your most welcome. My husband was no fan of black eyed peas until I came up with this recipe. I hope you enjoy it.
Thank you for stopping by hon.:)

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author avatar Stable
8th Jan 2011 (#)

wow, this looks really interesting. Do most supermarkets sell black eyed peas?

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author avatar Denise O
8th Jan 2011 (#)

Stable, here all of ours do. They are usually by the rice.
Thank you for stopping by.:)

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author avatar Retired
15th Jan 2011 (#)

Very nice article,thanks

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author avatar Denise O
15th Jan 2011 (#)

Your welcome Geny, thank you for taking the time to stop by.:)

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author avatar Brian Hartman
17th Jan 2011 (#)

Yumm! Thanks for posting. :)

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author avatar Denise O
17th Jan 2011 (#)

You're very welcome Brian. Any time my friend.:)

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author avatar Denise O
20th Jan 2011 (#)

Thank you Retired for stopping by.:)

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author avatar Martin King
14th Feb 2011 (#)

I am going to eat about five pound of black eyed peas next new year, well you never know, thanks for sharing anyway

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author avatar Denise O
14th Feb 2011 (#)

Martin, I hear ya. I have yet to get rich but, why take the chance, it might be our year next year.LOL
Thank you for stopping by.:)

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author avatar c4collins
10th Mar 2011 (#)

If your cooking was the same as running for a political office, I would definitely vote for you as president, girl...mmmm!!

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author avatar Denise O
13th Apr 2011 (#)

rofl Thank you hon. I am not bad on the political front either. I do love to cook though. My grandpa was a wonderful cook and I have always wanted to be just like him. I remember being no bigger than knee high to a grasshopper sitting on my grandpa's kitchen stool and watching him, while my siblings and my cousins were outside playing. I just loved every minute of it. My grandpa was a Navy cook. Thank you for your kind words and I will give you the news first if I decide to run.LOL
Thank you for stopping by.:)

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author avatar Cristin
10th May 2011 (#)

Unless I didn't read it throughly enough, when do you put your peas in? Does it boil with the ham, carrots & onion??

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author avatar Bets
1st Jan 2012 (#)

I am country Denise but I don't use porkie little piggies in my dishes for about 6 years now. There is a better way I think. It is using what is called GEORGE WASHINGTON SEASONING" for everything. You can pick it up at a health food store and probably buy it online. Take care and happy cooking in the country. Yeah!

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author avatar Denise O
1st Jan 2012 (#)

I will check it out Bets but, I have no problem using pork. I believe in all things in moderation. My collards are done veggie style now but, my beans must have the pork fat. As always, thank you for stopping by.:)

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author avatar Jerry Walch
1st Jan 2012 (#)

Happy New Year Denise! It's 6:07 AM here in Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA and all is well!

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author avatar Denise O
1st Jan 2012 (#)

Happy New years Jerry! Good to hear. Everything is fine here in Bama. The country folks have laid their heads down and no more fireworks. Now poor Bugg can go outside and play. Jerry, Bugg is just like Max when it comes to fireworks, Max also didn't like them. Max would go a few days after new years eve, before he would go outside. I just do not know what to do, to get Bugg over this, nor could I figure it out with Max. I would say, well it is just once a year but, you know how country folks are, if there is a holiday, we must blow things up.LOL
Babygirl is traveling to Texas today, She will be traveling from Utah. She is going to see her fiancee and they will be getting hitched this week. They figured they would just get married now and then, when they come home in the spring, we will throw them a reception at the house. She wants to share this good news with all of the friends she grew up and of course, her family. I just love her fiancee, I actually was the one that picked him for her and her for him. I just knew they were meant to be together. Jake had no chance, a southern Mama on the chase, poor guy. I will explain in detail in a email. Well, Krys just called, so she is on the road, Dan just risen and so he can man the phone, just in case krys needs us. Also we get our grand today so, I am going to lay down for a few hours, Gammy needs to rest up. Have a wonderful day my friend.:)

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