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Black-eyed Pea Casserole


Recipe courtesy of Sarah Bladorn. From: Southern Recipes Cookbook: Make-ahead Casseroles. Special Collector's Issue. Hoffman Media, c2017.

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  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2/3 cup chopped yellow onion
  • 2/3 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 2/3 cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 1 1/4 lbs ground sirloin
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 (15 oz.) can black-eyed peas, drained
  • 1 (10 oz.) can mild tomatoes with gree chiles drained
  • 1 1/4 cups finely shredded Cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1 (6 oz.) pkg buttermilk cornbread and muffin mix, such as Martha White
  • 2/3 cup whole milk


Servings 4
Adapted from


Step 1

1. Preheat oven to 450º. In a 10-inch cast-iron skillet, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add onion and bell peppers; cook until softened, stirring occasionally, approximately 4 minutes. Remove from pan. Add beef to pan; cook until browned and crumbly, approximately 5 minutes. Drain beef, if necessary. Stir in onion mixture, cumin, garlic powder, chili powder, black pepper, salt, peas and tomatoes. Remove from heat. Sprinkle with 1 cup cheese.

2. In a medium bowl, combine cornbread mix, milk and remaining 1/4 cup cheese; whisk until smooth. Pour batter over cheese layer, leaving approximately a 1/2-inch border.

3. Bake until cornbread is golden brown, 13 to 15 minutes. Lightly cover with aluminum foil during last 2 minutes of baking time to prevent excess browning, if necessary.

Serve immediately.

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