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Basic Black Eyed Peas

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Black Eyed Peas

Black Eyed Peas

D. Rattray
I sometimes use a dash or ground cayenne pepper or about 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of spicy Cajun seasoning in place of the red pepper flakes. These peas are delicious with cornbread or muffins and seasoned greens.


  • 16 ounces black-eyed peas
  • 1/2 pound hog jowl, lean salt pork, or thick lean bacon, diced
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 carrot, peeled and diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, smashed and minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried leaf thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried leaf oregano
  • 2 teaspoons salt, or to taste
  • dash Tabasco, optional


Rinse peas and pick over for bad or discolored peas and small stones; transfer to a medium saucepan. Cover with water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and continue cooking for 5 minutes; set aside. Put the meat in a large stock pot and cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes, until fat is rendered. Add the onion, diced carrot, and garlic. Cook, stirring, until tender, about 6 to 8 minutes.

Add peas and enough water to cover by 2 inches. Add pepper flakes, black pepper, thyme, and oregano. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to medium and simmer, covered, for about 1 hour. Uncover and cook for 30 to 45 minutes longer, or until peas are tender. Add more water as needed to keep them moist. When the peas are tender stir in the salt and Tabasco, if using.
Serve with hot baked cornbread and a tossed salad.

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 4 out of 5
Black-eyed peas/field peas, Member glennfragment

Having grown up in the south, I love black-eyed peas and field peas. They must be thoroughly rinsed, and soaked if not canned. Some sort of fatty pork is required to impart flavor. I prepare them in a crock pot, cooking them at low temperatures for a long period. This recipe was unique, since I've never added celery, thyme or oregano. I did use some habanero pepper and cajun seasoning. I prefer to add the diced onions fresh, as a topping when serving the peas.

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