Black-eyed peas are a legume with a pea-like flavor. The famed dish of the South Hoppin' John is made with black-eyed peas and rice. Black-eyed peas are available fresh, canned, frozen, or dried.
Add 8 cups of hot water to drained and rinsed beans. Make sure to pick the beans over for any small stones or debris. Simmer the beans gently with lid tilted until desired tenderness is reached, about 1-1/2 to 2 hours. The older the beans are, the longer they may take to cook.
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For fresh black-eyed peas use equal amounts of:
For Dried Black Eyed Peas use equal amounts of:
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Black eyed peas are said to bring good luck and prosperity when eaten on New Year's Day. In addition to the peas some people serve cabbage and ham.