EDITOR’S NOTE (February 12, 2020): Added three new photos. Updated recipe’s instructions.
Black-eyed peas cooked with smoked ham hocks are full of savory ham flavor.
Serve as a side or light meal with my Homemade Self-Rising Cornbread.
Hoppin’ John is the famous name of black-eyed, peas, rice and pork. This savory soul food is popular in the south.
I was concerned about the proper spelling. Blackeyed peas or black-eyed peas? According to online dictionaries, black-eyed peas is correct.
I like to use Smoked Pork “Ham” Hocks distributed by Royal Foods. This is a friendly mention. Not a paid endorsement. If pork is an issue, smoked turkey necks are a delicious alternative.
I like to add sliced tomatoes, chopped onions and chopped jalapenos to a bowl of black-eyed meal. Makes a hearty light meal with cornbread.
Black–eyed peas (Vigna unguiculata) are a variety of the cowpea and a member of the family of beans & peas (Leguminosae or Fabaceae in the USA).
Although called a pea, it is actually a bean. Both peas and beans are legumes, and both have edible seeds and pods.
In the south, eating black-eyed peas and collard greens on New Year’s Day is believed to bring good fortune all year. The peas symbolize coins and the greens symbolize paper money.
Originally called mogette (French for nun), the black eye in the center of the bean (where it attaches to the pod) looked like nun’s head attire to many.
Source: Library of Congress
Stove Top Cooking Tip
Black-eyed peas cook quickly. Watch closely to prevent over cooking which makes them mushy.
This recipe calls for black-eyed peas to be cooked in a dutch oven on top of the stove… not in a crock pot.
There are numerous recipes for cooking black-eyed peas in a crock pot. Never worked for me. Peas were always too mushy. So, I use the stove top. Always good!
If you’ve had success with simmering black-eyed peas in a crock pot, please share your tips in the comments.