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Black-Eyed Peas

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Black-eyed peas, greens and cornbread are served on New Year’s Day to ensure everyone has a prosperous new year!  Sure, why not?  This is an easy dish that can simmer all day while you spend time relaxing with your family, might also help those who over-indulged the night before, too.

Start soaking your dried black-eyed peas before you head out for your big New Year’s Eve.  I suggest switching the water out a few times, which will help with the “gas” factor later.  This time I couldn’t find any ham hocks, so I used smoked pig necks.  Simmer the beans for a few hours with either of these parts, the point is to pull the smokey, hammy, flavor from the meat and break down the cartilage from the joints for a rich base.  Grill the sausages before adding them to the beans, it will boost flavor.  I used a bunch of kale for my greens, and added them to the pot about 45 minutes before eating.  Serve with delicious, cheesy cornbread muffins.

Black-Eyed Peas
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Soak the beans at least 12 hours before cooking, changing the water several times. Ham-hocks or smoked pig necks can be used, whichever is easier to find.
  • 1 Pound dried black-eyed peas, soaked 12 hours
  • 2 Smoked ham-hocks
  • 1 Onion
  • 5 Cloves garlic
  • 1 Tbs fresh thyme
  • 1 Bunch parsley
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • 30 oz Canned, diced tomatoes
  • 1 Pound andouille sausage
  • Olive oil
  • Salt, Pepper, Cayenne to taste
  1. Saute minced onion in 1 Tbs olive oil for about 5 minutes, or until translucent, then add garlic.
  2. Pour in the black-eyed peas (beans) and cover with 2 inches of water. Add the ham-hocks, thyme and ½ of the parsley (chopped) and bay leaf.
  3. Bring to a gentle simmer. Simmer covered for about 3 hours.
  4. Add the canned tomatoes.
  5. Grill the sausages, then let sit to cool.
  6. Pull the ham-hocks from the beans and chip off any meat.
  7. Slice the sausages and add to the beans with the chipped ham pieces.
  8. Chop the greens (kale) and add to the beans.
  9. Chop the remaining parsley and add to the beans.
  10. Let everything simmer together about 30-45 minutes. Beans are done when soft.
  11. Season with salt, pepper and cayenne.

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