Southern Black Eyed Peas…
I have read numerous cookbooks and food blogs looking for a suitable recipe for our family’s New Years Day dinner. There are dozens if not hundreds of recipes available. I searched until I found a couple that had the ingredients that sounded good to me and created my own recipe.
Don’t let the number of ingredients listed deter you from trying this recipe…It’s easier than it looks and delicious!
1# dry black-eyed peas, washed and picked
1/4 # of bacon, diced
1 medium onion, diced
1 green bell pepper, diced
4 stalks of celery, diced
3 cloves of garlic, diced
3 qts of chicken stock (sodium free), heated and set aside
2 pinches of kosher salt
1/2 tsp of black pepper
1 tbsp of Cajun seasoning, Tony Chachere’s salt free
3 Bay Leaves
2 jalapeno, sliced
1 # pork sausage, hot and spicy
In a medium sauce pan heat the chicken stock and reserve for later.
Now, In a dutch oven or similar pot cook the diced bacon until browned but not crisp. Next add the holy trinity; diced onion, bell pepper and celery to the bacon and cook until wilted. Add diced garlic and cook for an additional minute. Add rinsed black-eyed peas to veggie mixture and stir thoroughly for 3-4 minutes. Begin adding the hot chicken stock to the peas and veggies (reserve 2 cups of liquid, you will probably need it later)..next add the salt, pepper, jalapeno, bay leaves and seasoning. Bring the pot to a roiling boil, reduce the heat and simmer partially covered. Cook for 1 hour and 30 minutes. In a separate pan, crumble and brown the pork sausage. Drain the fat and set the sausage aside until needed.
After the peas have cooking for an hour you may need to add more chicken stock if the mixture has gotten too thick. Also add the cooked pork sausage stir and continue cooking for an additional 30 minutes. Now it’s time to make your cornbread or rice whichever you prefer to serve with your black-eyed peas.
Due to my Southern heritage, I would normally choose rice over anything else …growing up in the south rice is as common on the dinner table as salt and pepper…however, you may want to forgo the rice with this dish so that you can enjoy more of the peas. Yes they are that good…and filling!
Now it’s time to Enjoy!