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TwinTails September 20th, 2009 08:37 PM

Black Eyed Peas?
Does anyone have any good, simple recipes for black eyed peas? I have about 4 cups of the dried beans, and I would like to cook them up soon. It's a couple days till payday, and I was thinking about making a refried bean type mix, but am not sure how to go about it? Any ideas would be greatly appreciated! :D

Frenchy September 20th, 2009 08:40 PM

Sorry , can't help you , I personally don't like their music :shrug:

:sorry: I couldn't help myself :D

TwinTails September 20th, 2009 08:42 PM

[QUOTE=Frenchy;827740]Sorry , can't help you , I personally don't like their music :shrug:

:sorry: I couldn't help myself :D[/QUOTE]

LOL! :laughing:

Dee-O-Gee September 20th, 2009 08:47 PM

Sorry Twin Tails. I've never cooked with blacked eyed peas but...

[I]I gotta feelin...that tonights gonna be a good, good night! :D [/I]

:sorry: double ditto--couldn't resist! :shrug:

TwinTails September 20th, 2009 08:49 PM

LOL you guys! Making me spit on my computer! :crazy:

dartfrog September 20th, 2009 10:45 PM

i dont cook with them either but maybe you could find a good looking recipe here?


TwinTails September 20th, 2009 10:47 PM

Thanks! I will pour over it tonight :D

CearaQC September 21st, 2009 12:16 AM

I was born and raised in Texas, so we ate black eye peas all the time! We grew them too in our family garden.

What we always did was just cook them in a giant pot with a chunk of ham, or ham hock for flavor and lots of salt and pepper and onions, garlic and hot chili flakes. The beans themselves are really full of flavor and don't need a lot of stuff added.

I don't know why people call them peas because they are obviously beans. :laughing:

My mom told me the tradition is to eat as many black eyes peas as you could stand every New Years day. This was to remember the Civil War when the Yankees burned crops. The Yankees figured the beans were cow fodder and so didn't destroy the plants. So southern folks consider eating black eyed peas as a sign of being thankful they did have something to eat. And it also signifies good luck and that's why they are eaten on New Years Day. Some people even say that the green part was a symbol for paper money and the beans themselves coins. So the more you ate the more fortune you would have the whole year.

If you buy canned or dry you're not going to get the green bits, which look just like regular green beans. That's something that comes when you grow it yourself.

So if you want to be traditional, just cook them with salt pork of some kind and that's pretty much it. If you want more flavor, well add other veggies in the pot. And serve with cornbread! Jalepeno/cheese cornbread really goes good with it.

Another recipe is Texas Caviar, a kind of dip. You mix cooked, cooled black eyes peas with other spices and stuff and chow down with some tortillas chips. There are a ton of recipes for it online that you can find pretty easily.

Oh if you want frijoles or refried beans, go for the pinto. Pinto beans are the best for that and have the most flavor out of any bean I have ever eaten. They are sooooo yummy! Black eyed peas wouldn't make good frijoles because they are a lot more starchy than Pintos and have a shell that comes off when cooked whereas the pinto does not. And frijoles aren't really fried or refried. They are cooked and mashed, traditionally with a bit of lard. I find Quebec severely lacking in Tex-Mex food so I have to make it myself. hehe

TwinTails September 21st, 2009 12:30 AM

Wow! What an amazing bit of history :) I can see why they are a sign of being thankful :D

Right now I have them simmering in the crock pot, probably until about 3 AM or so. I'm thinking of making them into refried beans or something similar to Texas Caviar :)


shirley1011 September 21st, 2009 06:27 AM

I use them in a add chopped tomatoes, green pepper, green onion, garlic, optional..artichoke chopped, italian dressing let it season overnite...real tasty salad...I can give you the exact receipe if you want.

quincymycat September 21st, 2009 10:59 AM

I do pretty much the same thing as Ceara. I soak the beans overnight, then simmer them in fresh water for about an hour the next morning, drain the liquid but keep a cup or so to put back in with them, add a chopped onion, a bit of molasses, some brown sugar and either some chopped bacon or a ham hock and throw it all in the crock pot for a day. Throughout the day they will get darker brown and tastier. If you use a ham hock, take the meat off it and put back into the beans before serving.:thumbs up

Steadam2011 July 29th, 2011 06:33 AM

Black-eyed peas : If using dried black-eyed peas, in a large pot cover dried black-eyed peas with water. If not soaking peas first, simmer them for about 3/4 to 1 hour until tender. If pre-soaking for four hours, simmer them for about 30 minutes

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