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Black-Eyed Peas

  • Servings: 6
Black-Eyed Peas

Source: Mad Hungry


  • 1 pound dried black-eyed peas
  • 1 meaty smoked ham hock
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 1 tablespoon coarse salt
  • 2 bay leaves


  1. In a large bowl, soak beans overnight covered by at least 2 inches of water. Drain and rinse beans.

  2. Place beans, ham hock, onions, garlic, salt, and bay leaves in a large pot and add water to pot just to cover beans. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until beans are tender, 45 minutes to 1 hour.

  3. Remove from heat. Transfer ham hock to a cutting board. When cool enough to handle, discard skin and bones, chop meat, and return meat to the pot. Serve beans directly from the pot using a slotted spoon.

Reviews (2)

  • Eat Only If Its Oh So Good 29 Jul, 2013

    Although I have Southern roots and grew up eating black eyed peas on a weekly basis I have not eaten them for over 30 years. At almost 50 years old now I developed a yearning for some. I'm so glad I picked this recipe because it's a good one and the peas were delicious! I made some slight adjustments: I used 1/2 chicken broth and 1/2 water. After the peas came to a full boil I reduced the heat to medium low, covered them for about 35 minutes and then took the lid off and cooked for another 35 minutes. This process of cooking the peas I remembered from watching my own mom and grandma's and it created an awesome gravy. I let the peas sit for about 20 minutes before digging in. I cooked up some doctored up Jiffy Mix, a side of hot peppers and white Carolina rice. All I needed was some fried Whiting. Go ahead and give them a try.

  • dhilly 17 Nov, 2011

    New Year's Day tradition in the south! Another good recipe especially with the smoked ham hock but if I don't have one then I use bacon grease to saute onions and garlic. Add water after sauteing and let simmer for few minutes to absorb flavors, almost like making a broth, then add peas. It's quite obvious that Lucinda has a brother living in the south!

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