• 1 - 16 ounce bag of dried Black Eye Peas
  • 2 smoked Ham Hocks
  • 1 - Tablespoon of Sugar
  • 1 - teaspoon of Black Pepper
  • 1 - teaspoon of seasoned Salt or whatever amount  suits you
  • 1 - medium Onion, diced
  • 10 - cups of water
  • 1 ts of powdered chicken broth
  1. Open package of dry peas and spread out on a large plate or pan.
  2. Sort through peas, removing any stones, or sticks and rinse them. 
  3. Place peas in a large pot and and add water. 
  4.  Rinse under cool running water till clean.
  5. In a large pot, place about 8 to 10 cups of water. Bring to a boil on medium-high heat.
  6. Place a few slits in your pork seasoning of choice and add to the boiling water.
  7. Reduce to medium-heat and let simmer for about 30 minutes.
  8. Add the dried peas to the pot of water.
  9. Add the sugar and then the black pepper and stir well. Taste to see if more salt is needed.
  10. Chop up a medium onion and add it wi the rest of the ingredients listed above. 
  11. Bring the peas back to a boil then reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer for 45 minutes.
  12. Stir the peas often making sure the liquid doesn't boil away. Add more when necessary. 
  13. Most beans absorb a lot of salt. Add a little at a time, let cook a minute or two and taste again.
  14. Taste the peas for tenderness. When cooked to your liking,remove from heat and serve.
  15. always have dinner with family !
  16. serve with my hot water corn bread  listed below

For the hot water cornbread:
1 1/2 cups of yellow corn meal
1/2 cup of white flour
1/2 cup of canola oil for cooking or any oil
1 teaspoon of baking soda,
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar
2 cups of hot water
How to make it
Mix all ingredients in a bowl- except the oil- use that for cooking
Stir ingredients as you gradually add the hot water till dough is stiff
Make dough into patties* wet hands with cold water before making patties- to avoid sticking
Fry in pre-heated greased cast iron skillet (if possible)


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