Black Eyed Peas

In the South it is Kind of a “Tradition” to have Black Eyed Peas and Some sort of Greens on January 1st to start the New Year off with Luck and prosperity to an Individual or to Families. This is a Tradition that is part of almost every Family in the South. We do not usually cook a lot of Food on January 1st but just a few things and maybe sometimes a dessert. I do have to say that this has been a part of my Family and part of my Heritage, And has been done every year ever since I can remember. It is been done by my Mother, Her Mother and so on. This Recipe is a simple recipe for Black Eyed Peas yet, You can add in anything you like after the cooking process is done and before you serve them. Give them a try, They are not as hard as you think to cook. A very simple recipe any one can do. So, Lets get started.
1 lb Black Eyed Peas ( dried not canned)
Salt and Pepper ( to taste)
4 Slices of Bacon ( diced 1 inch pieces)
1/4 Onion ( diced fine)
(1) Open the bag of the Peas and lay down a layer of paper towel and evenly spread the Peas along the paper towel. Sort through the Peas and pick out the grit and hard pieces of Peas and discard them. Pour the Peas into a strainer and give them a rinse in cool water.
(2) Pour the Peas into a large pot and fill with water to cover about 2 to 2 1/2 inches above the peas. Add the diced Bacon and Onion and stir to combine. Cover with the lid and turn heat to low and let cook for 2 to 2 1/2 hours or until when tasted the peas are tender and soft. There should be no hard peas in the pot. If so let them cook for 15 to 20 minutes longer and test 5 more peas. Be sure to stir occasionally to prevent the peas from sticking to the bottom of the pot. Keep an eye on the water level. If the water gets to low add in 1/2 cup to 1 cup of water to keep water level just above or even with the peas.
(3) When the peas ( when tested 5 are tender and soft) add in the Salt and Pepper to taste and other add in’s if used and let cook 10 to 15 minutes longer to season the peas. Stir to mix. Check for seasonings before serving and add more Salt and Pepper if needed. Ladle into a serving bowl and serve with a side of Cornbread.
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