If you have not planned on having black eyed peas today for New Year’s there is still time. The best way to eat black eyes is to make them yourself. Growing up my Mom knew how to make black eyed peas, but she started buying them in the can and I could not stand them. Several years ago, a friend of mine showed me how to cook dried black eyed peas. Traditionally, you need to soak the peas overnight, but there is a 1 hour quick soak method as well for when you decide last minute to make them.
Quick Soak method for any dried bean or pea:
1 lb. dried black eyed peas
Rinse and sort through the peas. Place peas in a pot and cover with 6-8 cups of water. Bring to a rapid boil for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and cover with lid and sit for 1 hour. Drain and rinse beans. Now they are ready to cook.
Black Eyed Peas
1 lb.soaked black eyed peas
1 smoked turkey leg
1 onion, cut in half
2 tsp. Pepper
2 tsp. Garlic powder (I prefer granulated garlic)
Texas Pete hot sauce to taste
Salt to taste
Place smoked turkey leg in a large pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil, cover and reduce to simmer. You want to simmer the turkey leg until the meat is easily coming off the bone. Place the leg on a plate and let it cool so you can take all the meat off the bone. Add the turkey meat back to the broth. Do not pour out the broth made from the turkey leg. This is what you are going to cook the black eyed peas in. The turkey leg has put a ton of flavor in the water that you want to use to flavor the peas.
Now place the peas in the turkey broth. Add one onion you cut in half. Add pepper and garlic. Do not add salt at this point. Bring back to a boil, cover and reduce to simmer for 2-3 hours. Check the peas for tenderness. When they are the desired tenderness, take off the lid turn up the heat to medium to medium high and let the broth cook down. Watch carefully and stir every few minutes to keep them from sticking and do not let them boil dry. When they are done, now salt and add Texas Pete hot sauce to taste. You do not want to salt earlier, because the salt can keep the peas from becoming tender.
To go with black eyed peas you need cornbread. This is the cornbread I use.
1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
3/4 cup yellow cornmeal
1/3 cup sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup milk
1/4 cup vegetable oil
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Mix together dry ingredients. Add the egg, milk and vegetable oil. Mix just to combine. Do not over mix. Spray a pie pan with non stick spray. Pour batter into pie pan. Bake at 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes.
Happy New Year!