Savory black-eyed peas seasoned with smoked ham hock or ham bone, have a smoky-ham flavor. Very easy to make. Hearty and delicious!
They cook fast. Usually tender within an hour if cooked over medium-high heat.
Serve as a side or main dish.
Pairs well with Homemade Self-Rising Cornbread.
EDITOR’S NOTE (December 31, 2021): Added new photos. Updated recipe and instructions. Replaced chopped ham with a ham hock (or ham bone). I posted this recipe for the first time on June 23, 2018.
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BLACK-EYED PEAS… ARE BEANS
According to the Library of Congress, black-eyed peas (Vigna unguiculata) are a variety of the cowpea and are part of the family of beans & peas (Leguminosae or Fabaceae in the USA).
Although called a pea, it is actually a bean.
CORRECT SPELLING: BLACKEYED PEAS OR BLACK-EYED PEAS?
I was curious about the correct spelling: blackeyed peas or black-eyed peas so I did a google search.
Hmmmm… spelled DRIED BLACKEYE PEAS on the package I purchased to make this recipe.
REMOVE DEBRIS BEFORE COOKING
Never empty a bag of black-eyed peas directly into a pot to cook because debris is often packaged with the peas.
I like to pour a small amount of dried peas onto a flat surface.
After sorting, I place the dirt and badly damage pieces into a small bowl.
When finished sorting the bag of peas, discard contents in the small bowl.
The remaining good black-eyed peas are dropped into a larger bowl to be rinsed and cooked.
THOROUGHLY RINSE PEAS BEFORE COOKING
Pour remaining peas into a strainer or colander. Rinse thoroughly with warm water.
Carefully pour rinsed peas into medium saucepan.
SMOKED HAM HOCKS
I usually purchase Smoked Pork “Ham” Hocks distributed by Royal Foods.
If pork is not for you, try smoked turkey necks or smoked turkey wings.
THE HAM BONE
I saved the ham bone left from my Baked Ham (Christmas main dish) to use in this updated recipe.
The ham bone is packed with flavor and is perfect for seasoning collard greens, black-eyed peas and pinto beans.
I used a small piece of ham bone to season a one-pound bag of black-eyed peas. Delicious flavor!
HOW TO COOK BLACK-EYED PEAS
After dropping peas into a medium saucepan, cover with water and add the ham bone (or ham hock). Add 1 cup of chicken stock (optional).
Simmer 30 more minutes or until desired tenderness.
WATCH CLOSELY TO PREVENT SCORCHING
Black-eyed peas cook quickly over medium-high heat. Check regularly to prevent scorching.
Hoppin’ John is the famous name for black-eyed, peas over rice. This popular southern main dish is often served with ham.
Garnish a bowl of tender black-eyed peas with sliced tomatoes, chopped onions, chopped jalapenos, and cornbread. Very filling!
NEW YEAR’S DAY SIDE DISH
In the south, it’s a common belief that eating black-eyed peas and collard greens on New Year’s Day will bring good fortune all year.
The peas represent pennies and silver coins. The greens represent paper money.
The two side dishes are very POPULAR on the first day of the year not only in the south, but in various places around the world.
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