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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: 15 min. + soaking Cook: 40 min. YIELD:8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 pound dried black-eyed peas
  • 1/2 pound bacon strips, 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

Directions

  • 1. Rinse and sort black-eyed peas. Place peas and bacon in a Dutch oven; add water to cover. Bring to a boil; boil 2 minutes. Remove from heat; let soak, covered, 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.
  • 3. Stir into pea mixture. Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, 30-40 minutes or until peas are tender, stirring occasionally. Sprinkle with salt to taste. If desired, serve 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.