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Your family favorite black eyed peas recipes?

fldhkybnva Dec 27, 2013 04:39 PM

The New Year is right around the corner and I imagine many of us have black eyed peas on the mind. What's your family's favorite recipe? Traditional Southern with smoked *meat* cooked long and slow? Some favorite variation? I learned to make black eyed peas from my very Southern grandmother who insisted bean soaked overnight, smoked ham hocks and/or fat back simmered in water for hours, toss in beans and let cook all day, season with seasoning salt, splash of hot sauce and vinegar.

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    sueatmo Jan 1, 2014 04:00 PM

    In my house there is no need to soak black eyed peas, or to cook low and slow. 7 minutes in the pressure cooker and they are done. I cooked them in water, a few canned tomatoes, some spooned out canned green chiles, and some cubed ham that was supposed to be smoked but unhappily is not.

    I added some good Penzey's chili powder, bay leaf, onion, and garlic. I will cook turnip greens in the pot just before serving. If I wasn't watching carbs I'd also make cornbread. (Yes I know the peas have carbs! That's why I can't eat cornbread.)

    I've never fussed with blackeyd peas, but I am always pleased with the results. Literally they are easy peasy. And always tasty.

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      helmswoman Jan 1, 2014 11:16 AM

      My favorite is a lighter, fresher approach to black eyed peas that adds a salad to the New Year's Day menu. It is based on a recipe in Deborah Madison's "Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone," (Black-Eyed Pea and Tomato Salad with Feta), using dried black-eyed peas soaked overnight, and mixed with chopped scallions, fresh minced parsley, minced fresh garlic, minced red onion, dried oregano, and minced red bell pepper, celery and other salad ingredients to taste, leaving out the feta cheese, and tossing with lemon vinaigrette. Proportions and salad ingredients are not critical and can be adjusted to your own liking. Delicious.

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      1. re: helmswoman
        helmswoman Jan 1, 2014 01:03 PM

        I forgot to indicate that the soaked black-eyed peas are cooked according to directions on the package, then drained and cooled before being combined with the rest of the ingredients. I didn't think was necessary to add that the peas should be cooked, but it would keep me awake at night thinking that someone would just soak the peas and throw them into the salad without cooking.

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          sunshine842 Jan 1, 2014 01:32 PM

          there's a thread around here somewhere in which someone's wanting to do just that -- soak them and then saute them...

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            Shrinkrap Jan 1, 2014 01:59 PM

            I think you mean this one

            "How do you make Black Eyed Peas?!!"

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              sunshine842 Jan 1, 2014 03:49 PM

              that's the one -- thanks.

      2. fldhkybnva Dec 31, 2013 05:09 PM

        I was a little overzealous and happened to buy 2 lbs of beans. Would it be OK to make both and just freeze the rest? I think it'd be easier to just make a big batch now rather than another later but I'm not sure if they freeze well.

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        1. re: fldhkybnva
          onrushpam Dec 31, 2013 05:15 PM

          Are they fresh or dried? If fresh, yes, you can cook and then freeze. Or, blanch one of the lbs for about 2 minutes, then drain well and freeze for later use.

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            fldhkybnva Dec 31, 2013 08:43 PM

            Fresh, plan to soak tonight and cook tomorrow.

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              onrushpam Jan 1, 2014 05:21 AM

              Why would you soak fresh ones?

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                fldhkybnva Jan 1, 2014 06:33 AM

                Oops I meant to say dried

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            raygunclan Jan 1, 2014 10:51 AM

            with our leftovers, i drop them in the cuisinart, add some creamed cheese, season the result and serve as a dip the next sunday for the football game.
            sad that we won't be enjoying them for while watching the dolphins. :(

          3. PotatoHouse Dec 30, 2013 05:13 PM

            I don't want to yuck somebody's yum, but....

            ...black-eyed peas. ACK!!

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              raygunclan Jan 1, 2014 10:50 AM

              "yuck somebody's yum"

              this made me laugh out loud!!! happy new year!

              1. re: PotatoHouse
                fldhkybnva Jan 1, 2014 11:09 AM

                Just wondering what you don't like, is it taste, texture, something else?

              2. Shrinkrap Dec 28, 2013 11:29 PM

                I think I'm going to try this one

                Caribbean Curry Black Eyed Peas With Plantains

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                  don515 Dec 28, 2013 02:50 PM

                  It used to be emeril's now its my best dish. Chrispy red fish topped with crawfish cream sauce on a bed of black eye pea jambalaya.. you can half the jambalaya recipe.




                  1. weezieduzzit Dec 28, 2013 11:35 AM

                    I learned to make black eyed peas from my very Southern grandmother who insisted bean soaked overnight, smoked ham hocks and/or fat back simmered in water for hours, toss in beans and let cook all day"

                    Yep, exactly, In the bean pot my Southern grandmother made them in for many, many years.

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                    1. re: weezieduzzit
                      fldhkybnva Dec 29, 2013 05:27 PM

                      My family does the "cook all day" method however from what I'm reading online many just simmer an hour or so. Do you think the longer time is better? I would guess yes but that's the only way I've had them.

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                        weezieduzzit Dec 31, 2013 03:58 PM

                        Like you, I've never had them any way other than low and slow but I can't imagine less time for flavors to develop would be better.

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                          fldhkybnva Jan 1, 2014 11:19 AM

                          How many hours do you usually cook? I'm trying to stay away from the simmerin' pot.

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                          suzigirl Jan 1, 2014 11:23 AM

                          I am a cook all day girl, too. They don't taste the same unless they cook for hours and get creamy. Same with Collards. Hours and hours.

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                            fldhkybnva Jan 1, 2014 11:49 AM

                            Ok, good. I thought I was going crazy. I've never made them but I've been in the kitchen 1000s of times when they are both made and they seem to sit there literally all day.

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                              suzigirl Jan 1, 2014 11:53 AM

                              I just don't feel like I can overcook the peas. Mushy is good here.

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                                fldhkybnva Jan 1, 2014 12:46 PM

                                I don't think anything out of the South can be overcooked, they are a risk averse slow cooking breed.

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                                  suzigirl Jan 1, 2014 12:50 PM

                                  I hear ya.

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                        forestd Dec 28, 2013 07:11 AM

                        I make this Black-Eyed Peas with Hominy and think it is great!

                        Black-Eyed Peas With Hominy
                        3-4 slices bacon, chopped
                        1 med. onion, diced
                        4 cloves garlic, minced
                        ½ red pepper, diced
                        ½ green pepper, diced
                        2 fresh jalapenos, minced
                        1-2 tbsp olive oil
                        2 cans black-eyed peas, drained, rinsed well
                        1 can white hominy, drained, rinsed
                        1 tsp ground cumin
                        ¼ tsp cayenne, or less to taste
                        Salt, pepper
                        Parsley and/or green onions for garnish
                        Sauté bacon until crisped. Add oil and sauté vegetables. Add black-eyed peas and
                        hominy and cook until warmed through. Add cumin, cayenne and salt and pepper to
                        taste. Garnish with parsley and green onions.

                        1. sunshine842 Dec 28, 2013 06:57 AM

                          if you learned it from a Southern grandmother, there's not much more learnin' to do!

                          I go uptown and start mine with a mirepoix, but yours is the classic recipe.

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                            speakhandsforme Dec 28, 2013 12:37 AM

                            Yes, indeed. As far as I'm concerned your granny's recipe is the only way to eat them. Are you having collards, mustards or turnips to go with?

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                            1. re: speakhandsforme
                              fldhkybnva Dec 28, 2013 11:10 AM

                              Collards is the plan right now and I think they are on sale at the store so works out perfectly. I'll probably make extra and freeze.

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                              Teague Dec 27, 2013 08:59 PM

                              I have a favorite recipe I learned from a friend in the UK while in college (1980s). Take cooked, but not falling apart, blackeyed peas. Canned work fine for this. Drain them thoroughly. Then add about 1 T of prepared curry powder per 1 1/2 cups of peas and shake around until the peas are coated. I'm not really sure how much curry powder I use, I usually just dump in a palm-full. Season well with salt too. Heat oil in a frying pan, not really enough to deep fry but plenty, say 3 -4 T or so for our cup and a half of peas. Fry the curry-coated peas at a medium high temp until slightly crispy, stirring pretty frequently. Frying in a nonstick pan seems to help keep the lovely curry coating on the peas. Serve up hot. That's it, and they are really good. Add some chopped fresh tomato, cilantro and sour cream as garnish.

                              1. Wtg2Retire Dec 27, 2013 05:01 PM

                                This is certainly not my mother's traditional method of cooking black-eyed peas, but it is what I came up with in 2010 and never gone back to any other way. We love them.

                                AS' BLACK EYED PEAS

                                First prepared the peas this way on January 1, 2010.

                                2 cups of dry black eyed peas (1 l-lb. bag)
                                1 smoked neck bone (optional)
                                5 cups water (water should be 2” above peas)
                                1 tsp salt
                                1/4 tsp pepper

                                Rinse dried peas and pick them over, discarding any bad peas. Put the peas in the crock-pot and add water to about 2” over the top of the peas and the smoked neck bone. Cook on low for 12 hours. May also cook on top of stove for about 1 hour, just make sure the peas are completely cooked.

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                                  Wtg2Retire Dec 28, 2013 01:35 PM

                                  I decided, while at the store today, to get frozen black-eyed peas to cook this year instead of the dried.

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                                    sunshine842 Dec 28, 2013 04:31 PM

                                    heh -- so did I!

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                                      Wtg2Retire Dec 29, 2013 04:56 PM

                                      I can nearly taste them now, sunshine.

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                                        sunshine842 Dec 29, 2013 07:52 PM

                                        the package I bought said just 35 minutes' simmer time, too -- I kinda like that, especially since I don't have to put the beans on to soak. Usually a non-issue, but there's usually a lot going on on NYE.

                                        1. re: sunshine842
                                          Wtg2Retire Dec 30, 2013 10:31 AM

                                          Not sure 35 minutes is enough time. Will just continue to taste until they taste right. I would think (of course I am from the South) it would take an hour for the peas to really be done. We don't care for them with any "raw" flavor.

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                                            sunshine842 Dec 30, 2013 04:57 PM

                                            I agree, and am planning to start mine earlier than that -- they should be a little soft and creamy.

                                            Just thought it was interesting to see such a short cooking time recommended.

                                2. Shrinkrap Dec 27, 2013 04:58 PM

                                  Have you seen this thread?
                                  "Who else has Hop John for New Years?"

                                  Or this one?
                                  "Black Eyed Peas...A New Year's Day Tradition."

                                  This one is interesting too.

                                  "How do you make Black Eyed Peas?!!"

                                  I finally got my hands on salted pig tail for the "cook up rice" recipe in the first link. Or maybe with "run down" sauce.

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                                  1. re: Shrinkrap
                                    fldhkybnva Dec 27, 2013 05:39 PM

                                    Sorry, and thanks.

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                                      Shrinkrap Dec 27, 2013 05:52 PM

                                      No need to apologize! I wait all year to resurect them!

                                  2. chefj Dec 27, 2013 04:57 PM

                                    Exactly! Sounds like Granny knew what she was doing.

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