Black-Eyed Peas with Bacon Recipe

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Black-Eyed Peas with Bacon Recipe
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Black-Eyed Peas with Bacon Recipe

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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
MAKES:
8 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 15 min. + soaking Cook: 40 min.
MAKES:
8 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 15 min. + soaking Cook: 40 min.

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

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.
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.
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.
Originally published as Black-Eyed Peas with Bacon in Taste of Home December/January 1994, p37

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 361 calories, 19g fat (7g saturated fat), 23mg cholesterol, 228mg sodium, 35g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 11g fiber), 15g protein.

  • 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.
Originally published as Black-Eyed Peas with Bacon in Taste of Home December/January 1994, p37

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moonlinq User ID: 8886476 260114
Reviewed Jan. 22, 2017

"I tweaked this recipe a bit and it was a huge hit! I now make this once a month, it's that delicious! Thank you!"

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sueyoung User ID: 201007 259141
Reviewed Jan. 3, 2017

"Almost perfect, I added/topped finely chopped parsley and finely sliced chives."

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delowenstein User ID: 3766053 237687
Reviewed Nov. 19, 2015

"I tried this recipe for the first time! I used 1/2 lb. turkey bacon to cut down on the fat (9 slices, cooked 10 minutes in a 10" skillet until crisp). I'd sauteed the onion and crushed garlic in 1 Tbsp. butter until tender, then added the ground thyme. I did cook the peas after bringing to a boil for 2 minutes; allowed peas to soak 1 hour-I'd added about 1-1/2 to 2 cups water while cooking peas at a boil for 2 minutes. I'd added cooked and diced turkey bacon after cooking the peas for the 2 minute boiling time. When simmering the entire mixture, I'd added the onion mixture to the soaked pea mixture; added 1-3/4 to 2 tsp. salt to taste and 1/2 tsp. ground pepper along with the cooked onion mixture. I'd also added 2 more cups of water, brought pea mixture to a boil on medium heat setting. I then reduced heat and simmered, covered, 40 minutes, stirring occasionally. I think that this dish was quite tasty! I'm sure that the other reviewers also had very good input on how they prepared this dish! To me, this dish is something to make again!

delowenstein"

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billybrycebennett3 User ID: 7553280 233700
Reviewed Sep. 29, 2015

"I have made this three times now and this 3rd time I saut?ed my onion and garlic in my left over bacon fat and bwutter for more flavor. But I have always loved the recipe the way it is!!!! Such a comforting meal!"

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Summy User ID: 1386846 220907
Reviewed Feb. 19, 2015

"I agree with another reviewer that this is quite bland, but it's a good starter recipe. Instead of butter I use some of the bacon fat to saute the onion. Gives it a bit more smoky and salty flavor. I also add a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and a teaspoon of sugar for a sweet and sour flavor that my Mom used to give black eyed peas. And, I think the thyme is overwhelming, and will reduce that by half next time."

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cindytoy User ID: 1635815 216558
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2015

"Followed the recipe exactly and the beans were wonderful."

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leslie1966 User ID: 3337908 101
Reviewed Feb. 9, 2014

"I added some of the bacon grease to the beans while they were cooking. This added some extra flavor. They needed salt but otherwise they were delicious!"

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edbx3471 User ID: 4531804 614
Reviewed Jan. 4, 2014

"best black eyed peas I have had."

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auntiegps User ID: 6854591 308
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2013

"I'm from Wisconsin & my Mom made this but not often enough ! Sometimes she would add green red or peppers, grilled/carmelized onions at the last minute, always garlic right from the start. Sometimes a bay leaf or two, a few allspice.it all depended on what the meat entree was. You can also cook the beans in vegetable, chicken or beef broth which adds its own flavor. All you have to do is USE YOUR IMAGINATION."

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drakemail1 User ID: 3442837 379
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2013

"To get more salt flavor, use salt pork intsead of Bacon. Slice the salt pork thin and fry just like bacon. Salt pork is very salty so taste often for flavor. I like to used season salt if I feel it needs more salt."

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