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Home Cooking 44

Black Eyed Peas

DoobieWah | Dec 30, 201007:13 AM

A New Year's Day Tradition.

Here's mine:

Black Eyed Peas, (Fresh, Frozen or Dried)
Bacon, (or Ham or hambone, Sausage, Tasso, etc. - spicier the better)
Chopped Onion
Fresh Chopped Jalapeno, (or serrano, cayenne, poblano, etc.)

Sorry, but I don't do measurements. Just make it how YOU like it.

Fry Bacon to render the grease and remove.
Sweat the onions in the hot bacon grease.
Add peas and water to cover by about double.
Add peppers and season to taste. I usually use S&P, and maybe a bit of Mexican Oregano or cilantro, bay leaf, etc. Just a bit to give it some "herbalocity".

For color and texture, I also sometimes add a bit of chopped sun dried tomato. Or roasted red pepper. Or a scant handful of frozen cut green beans.

Simmer until tender. It takes a bit longer for dried peas, but this is a slow dish in any case.

I strive to make every dish differently, (and obviously "better") every time, but that's the basics.

How about you? Whatcha got?

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