Traditional American dish served on New Year’s Day. Good news! Plenty of time to prepare and you will need:
2 T Butter
Bacon AND Sausage
Red Pepper chopped
Small Onion Chopped
2 cups black-eyed peas
Salt and Pepper
Box of Chicken Stock
First chop a lot:
Wait. First Soak your beans. A lot of recipes will tell you to soak them for like 12 hours. Ridiculous. And I’m the paranoid one. You need like 2 hours. Just until they are softened. Oh and when you soak them put 2 as much water as beans.
Sorry for the gross picture. They are puffy enough to be boiled though. To be fair to my horrible picture, black-eyed peas are gross and they taste gross. That is what makes my recipe all the more important.
That is why a key element of my recipe is that you buy your meats from a real butcher or preferably a real meat shop. Not from a package. a World of Difference. A Multi-verse even.
Melt the Butter
Sauté your chopped bits. Put Aside.
Next cook up your meets and chop them and set aside
Finally. And I do mean Finally because by this time you are at it quite a while. In a large pot pour in your beans and chicken stock. (Of course it is better if you make your own chicken stock but this is the alternative.) You can add bay-leaf, but I don’t find it necessary. You can also add a bit of shredded carrot to sweeten it. Or a bit of hot sauce or cayenne.
Bring to a boil and then simmer for about 30 minutes.
Do not over cook.
This is the biggest mistake made in modern cooking.
Over-cooking is for Taqueria-style Mexican food. Nobody wants to eat that. It’s like dog food.
There should still be a decent bite to your bean that you don’t want to lose when you add in all your choppings. You want to wait to nearly the last minute, 5 at the most, so you don’t lose the enormous flavors of the add-ins. Again, because of the dog-food affect.
Apparently, I managed to lose the ending pictures of my dish. These things do happen. Even boring girls do get bored. You can serve it over rice. I figure why bother? Like a salad with lots of goodies the eating is more about mining the goodies and crunchies versus some kind of communion with the boring-pea.
I do regret not having a picture to post of my finished product but at the same time it looks a mess. It’s the nature of the beast. At the same time it is D-E-L-I-C-O-U-S !