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Black-Eyed Peas with Bacon Recipe

Black-Eyed Peas with Bacon Recipe

A real Southern favorite, black-eyed peas are traditionally served on New Year's Day to bring good luck. My mother's recipe with bacon, garlic and thyme makes them extra special. —Ruby Williams, Bogalusa, Louisiana
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. + soaking Cook: 35 min. YIELD:8 servings


  • 1 pound dried black-eyed peas, rinsed and sorted
  • 1/2 pound bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • Salt to taste
  • Additional cooked and crumbled bacon, optional


  • 1. Place peas and bacon in a large Dutch oven; add water to cover. Bring to a boil; boil for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat; let soak, covered, for 1 hour. Do not drain.
  • 2. In a skillet, heat butter over medium-high heat. Add onion; cook and stir until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in thyme and salt.
  • 3. Add to pea mixture; return to the heat. Cook, covered, over medium heat for 30 minutes or until peas are tender, stirring occasionally. If desired, top with additional crumbled bacon. Yield: 8 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 cup equals 361 calories, 19 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 23 mg cholesterol, 228 mg sodium, 35 g carbohydrate, 11 g fiber, 15 g protein.