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Black Eyed Peas


Happy new year, friends!  I hope that your holiday season has been bright and happy, filled with amazing people and delicious food.  Christmas morning was spent eating sweet and sticky monkey bread on our parents bed {no Christmas tree this year as they’re preparing to move into another house} as we unwrapped our homemade gifts from each other.  I’m completely and utterly blessed and I hope that you are too.  Cheers to the best year yet!  And just to ensure that we kick it off the right way, I bring your black eyed peas which are set to bring about good luck.






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Black Eyed Peas
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Serves: 6 Servings

  • 1 lb dried black eyed peas
  • 4-5 oz pork belly {bacon/pork shoulder/smoked turkey/etc}
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 5 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • Salt and pepper
  • ¼ ts smoked paprika
  • 5 c chicken stock {homemade or low sodium}
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Optional: Ham hocks, jalapeños/hot sauce

  1. Soak the peas overnight or at least 6 hours. Alternatively for a quicker soak, you can bring all the peas to a rapid boil with 6 cups of water for 2 minutes then remove from heat, cover, and allow to sit for 1 hour. Afterwards, drain and rinse the beans.
  2. In a large pot/skillet, fry the pork belly with the onions, garlic, salt, pepper, and paprika. When it becomes browned and aromatic, toss the peas to coat.
  3. After 3-5 minutes, add the stock, bay leaves, and ham hock {if using}. Bring to a boil then simmer on low for about an hour.

Prep does not include the overnight soak.


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10 thoughts on “Black Eyed Peas

  • Louise says:

    Happy New Year Angela!!! I was just thinking about you this morning wondering whether I was right about this being your first new year in your new home:)

    A very Happy and Healthy, Prosperous New Year to you Angela. Here, here for the Blacy Eyed Peas!!! Thank you so much for sharing…

  • allen says:

    Happy Happy Joy Joy!

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    I hope you have a very happy new year, Allen! Thank you so much for being on this journey with me!!

  • Maureen | Orgasmic Chef says:

    When I moved to Tennessee for college my now ex-husband’s mother invited us for New Year’s Day lunch. She’d made a pot of the most disgusting black eyed peas and I said I didn’t like them. It was like nuclear war had been set off. By not eating them I was setting the entire family up for ‘ruination’ and spoiling every chance for success in the new year. I still laugh about it.

    If YOUR black eyed peas had been on the table, I’d be a millionaire by now.

  • Sarah says:

    Yummy! Also loving that video ~ I feel like I can smell the aromatics sizzling here in my kitchen. Yum!

  • Tandy | Lavender and Lime says:

    I love the use of smoked paprika here Angela

  • Kelly - Life Made Sweeter says:

    Your Christmas sounded wonderful! Hope you are enjoying the holiday season so far. These black eyed peas are perfect for starting the new year off right! Happy Happy New Year!! xoxo

  • brian says:

    HAPPY NEW YEAR SQUISHY! May it be full of new journeys, friends and blessings of FOOD!

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella says:

    A few years ago I was looking for NY Eve foods and I came across black eyed peas! Isn’t it funny how some things become a NYE food!

  • Anna @ shenANNAgans says:

    Happy HAPPY New Year lovely Angela!

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