Black-Eyed Peas

Nothing goes better with collard greens than a pot of southern black-eyed peas.

The black-eyed pea, also known as the cow pea, is thought to have originated in North Africa, where it has been eaten for centuries. It may have been introduced into India as long as 3,000 years ago, and was also a staple of Greek and Roman diets. The peas were probably introduced to the New World by Spanish explorers and African slaves, and have become a common food in the southern United States, where they are available dried, fresh, canned, and frozen. The flavorful peas are used to make soups, salads, fritters, and casseroles; they can also be puréed; or sprouted (courtesy of


1 medium white onion, chopped
3 cloves of garlic, chopped
2 (16 oz) bags of dry frozen eyed peas
Smoked Turkey Wing or leg
6-8 cups of chicken broth (or enough to cover the beans)
Red pepper flakes, black pepper (optional)


Chop onions & garlic.
In a large pot, add in 2 Tablespoons of olive oil and saute the onions and garlic until tender.
Add in the turkey wing, black eye peas, & chicken broth
Cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 1 hour or until black-eyed peas are tender.
Add red pepper flakes or cayenne pepper if desired.

3 thoughts on “Black-Eyed Peas

  1. Sounds so yummy! My husband prepares black eye peas and green every new years day. Often times we are out of the country or somewhere vacationing he will even pack canned peas and green in his luggage to ensure we eat greens and peas the first day of the year. The post gave me a hankering for black eye peas, I think I will prepare some on Sunday. Thanks for sharing!!

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