A Pot of Black-Eyed Peas

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Author Notes: Black-eyed peas are totally underrated.Cookie and Kate

Makes 6 cups cooked beans

  • 2-3 cups black-eyed peas
  • 2 stalks celery, halved crosswise
  • 2 large carrots, halved crosswise
  • 1 bay leaf (optional)
  • Sea salt, to taste
  1. Pick through several cups of dried peas to remove debris. Soak overnight (or at least four hours) in ample, room temperature water.
  2. Drain, rinse and return to a large pot. Cover with water by a few inches, add the large pieces of celery, peeled carrot and/or a bay leaf and bring to a boil.
  3. Boil for 15 minutes, scooping off the white foam from the surface as best you can. Cover and reduce to a simmer. Test the beans for doneness after 20 minutes (they may take up to 45 minutes depending on the age of the beans). You want tender, but not mushy, beans. Add sea salt during the last 5 minutes of cooking. Drain the beans and return them to the pot to cool. Remove the celery, carrot and bay leaf before serving.
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almost 2 years ago Sweet sue

I made my traditional pot this year, (like this recipe) and by adding to it, it was the meal that just kept changing in flavor and complexity. Dab of leftover Cuban black beans? Throw it in! One piece of chicken cacciatore? Shred and add to the left over ham already in the pot. Heck throw in some of the cacciatore sauce too. I love black eyed peas AND I do find that since I started making them 10 years ago on New Years Day, my luck has definitely improved!