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black-eyed peas with bread-n-butter jalapeños

A pot full of expectations. Like most southern households, in our kitchen you’ll find a pot of black-eye peas slowly simmering their way to all out deliciousness. It’s a New Year tradition – one that brings 365 days of good luck and prosperity. Which has me thinking…that’s a lot of responsibility for a humble bean. These little fellows had better be tasty.

Ah, but how do you define tasty? No doubt there are countless opinions of what goes into a good black-eyed pea dish, much like there are countless expectations for what makes up a good year. For me, both need some spice to make things interesting and a little sweetness to keep everyone smiling.

And that’s exactly what you’ll find with this recipe. It starts out traditionally enough with plenty of diced ham and onions along with a bit of garlic, but it takes a slight left turn by offering some spicy sweetness with the addition of bread-n-butter jalapeños. The end result is part tradition, part hearty soup and 100%, gobble-up delicious. So, if the pot of black-eye peas that we just finished off is any indication of what lies ahead…2011 should be satisfying and full of flavor. What more could anyone ask for?

Happy New Year!

The Ingredients:

  • 1 teaspoon of canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon of olive oil
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 cups low sodium ham, diced into small cubes
  • 12 oz. pre-soaked black-eyed peas, rinsed
  • 4 cups low sodium chicken stock
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ¼ to ½ cup – adjust to your tastes, bread-n-butter jalapeños
  • Salt and pepper to taste

The Method:

    1. Add oils to a medium-sized pot and heat on medium high.
    2. When oil is hot, add onion and ham. Sauté until onion is translucent (about 5 or so minutes).
    3. Add pre-soaked black-eyed peas, chicken stock, garlic and bread-n-butter jalapeños.
    4. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to low and simmer for 3 to 4 hours.
    5. Sample occasionally to adjust seasoning as needed.

Barbie - Happy New Year! 2011 is going to be the best year yet! These black eyed peas were not only delicious but will bring us good luck in the new year…

Laurel - Very unique dish! We’re featuring side dishes this week over at the M&T Spotlight and I’d love for you to submit this.

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