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Traditional Southern Black Eyed Peas

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Black-Eyed Peas for New Years from the Loveless Cafe

In the South, we wouldn’t dream of starting a new year without a generous helpin’ of traditional Black Eyed Peas. We serve ‘em here at the cafe (not just on New Years, by the way) but wanted you to be able to cook up your own batch at home for your friends and family.





Black Eyed Peas

Yields 4 servings




1 pound fresh or dried black-eyed peas

1 quart water

1/2 pound ham hock

Dash of garlic salt

Black pepper to taste

Crushed red pepper to taste



Combine the black-eyed peas with the water in a saucepan. Add the ham hock, garlic salt, black pepper and red pepper. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to medium-high. Cook for 1 hour or until the peas are tender. Add water if needed.


“Some people (my mother for one) consider black-eyed peas only half the tradition, claiming you must serve pork… And we have never, never, never missed our black-eyed peas and hog jowl on New Year’s Day. You think we want bad luck?”

—– Michael A. Grissom, Southern by the Grace of God



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