Southern Black-Eyed Peas

Black-eyed peas are the perfect Southern dish to accompany your next family dinner or festive holiday gathering. This reicpe is as easy as it gets, just combine all the ingredients in a slow-cooked, and let it cook while you deal with other things. This recipe is perfect for any New Year's Day spread or holiday gathering where you need to feed a crowd. If you're craving a little extra spice just add more Tabasco.

Black eyed peas and bacon make the perfect side dish!
Photo by Susan M.
Black eyed peas and bacon make the perfect side dish!
Black eyed peas and bacon make the perfect side dish!

PREP TIME

10

minutes

TOTAL TIME

50

minutes

SERVINGS

8

servings

PREP TIME

10

minutes

TOTAL TIME

50

minutes

SERVINGS

8

servings

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2

    cups dried black eyed peas

  • water, as needed

  • 1

    tablespoon salt, plus more to taste

  • 1/4

    tablespoon black pepper, plus more to taste

  • 1

    whole onion, chopped

  • 2

    slices bacon or ham hock

  • 1

    garlic clove, minced

  • 1/2

    teaspoon white vinegar, plus more to taste

  • dash or 2 of Tabasco

  • 1/4

    cup green bell pepper, diced, optional

Directions

Place all ingredients in a large cooking pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 40 minutes or until peas are tender. Add additional water if needed to keep peas covered. If all the water boils away the peas will burn quickly, so watch closely. Taste peas and add vinegar, hot sauce, salt, or pepper as needed to suit your taste.

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