I have loved bIack-eyed peas and crusty cornbread since childhood. Extra good served with chopped jalapenos, onions, and tomatoes. While preparing this dish as a light meal, I was inspired to create a recipe. Although chopped ham is used for seasoning, smoked turkey necks will also work. Watch closely while cooking to prevent burning. Stir occasionally. Perfect side dish or light meal. Enjoy!
VARIATION: Spicy Hot Black-Eyed Peas Salad
Omit onions. Add sliced jalapenos with seeds
and pith (also known as ribs, membrane).
1 bag (16 oz. ) dry black-eyed peas
1 cup chopped ham pieces
3 cups water plus 1 extra for more soup
salt to taste
fresh jalapenos, sliced or chopped for garnish*
white onion, sliced for garnish
cherry tomatoes, sliced for garnish
Remove debris from peas. Rinse thoroughly. Place in large sauce pan. Add 1 cup of chopped ham. Cook peas according to instructions printed on package. Add 1 cup of hot water if more soup is preferred. Cook to desired tenderness. Remove chopped ham. Shred with a fork. Served peas/ham with jalapenos, onions, and tomatoes. Makes 6 to 8 servings. Recipe easily doubled.
*For less heat, remove seeds and pith (also known as ribs and membrane).