Black-Eyed Peas with Bacon and Pork

January 10, 2023
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  • Prep time 10 minutes
  • Cook time 1 hour
  • Serves 4
Author Notes

Black-eyed peas are a type of legume that is often eaten as a traditional New Year’s Day dish in the southern United States. They are believed to bring good luck and prosperity in the coming year.

This recipe combines black-eyed peas with two types of pork: bacon and pork shoulder. The bacon is used to add flavor to the dish, while the pork shoulder is used to add protein and richness. The black-eyed peas are simmered in a mixture of chicken broth, onions, and garlic, and seasoned with salt, pepper, and a bay leaf. The dish is finished off with a touch of cayenne pepper for a slight kick of heat.

This hearty and flavorful recipe is perfect for a comforting winter meal. It’s easy to make and can be served with a variety of side dishes, such as cornbread, collard greens, or rice. Whether you’re looking to bring good luck in the new year or simply enjoy a delicious and satisfying meal, this recipe for black-eyed peas with bacon and pork is sure to be a hit. —justrecipes

What You'll Need
  • 1 pound dried black-eyed peas
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 1 ham hock (optional)
  1. Rinse the black-eyed peas and pick out any stones or debris.
  2. In a large pot, add the water, black-eyed peas, onion, garlic, olive oil, salt, pepper, bay leaf, and thyme. If using a ham hock, add it to the pot as well.
  3. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer. Cover the pot and let the peas cook for 1 hour, or until they are tender.
  4. Remove the bay leaf and thyme sprigs before serving. If using a ham hock, remove it from the pot and shred the meat before adding it back to the pot.

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