Hot from the skillet, these small fried black-eyed peas are tossed with dark brown sugar for sweetness and smoked paprika for a robust kick.
Soak peas in a bowl of cold water for 3 hours. Drain, and pat dry. Whisk together sugar, 1 tablespoon salt, and the pimenton.
Heat oil in a large heavy pot over medium heat until it reaches 375 degrees on a deep-fry thermometer. Working in batches, fry peas until golden and crisp, 5 to 7 minutes. Transfer to a paper-towel-lined tray. Drain for about 30 seconds. Immediately transfer peas to a large bowl, and sprinkle with sugar mixture. Toss lightly to coat.