New Year’s Day Black-Eyed Pea Soup

Well as we all know, the new year is just around the corner. Here is a meal to help you bring in the luck!

You’ll Need
  • 2 cups black-eyed peas, dried
  • 2 quart of water, more if needed
  • 1 ham bone with “trimmings”
  • 3 onions, medium, chopped
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • 1 ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • Wash the beans well in cold water several times, then place in a large, heavy stew pot and cover with water.
  • Allow to soak overnight.
  • The next morning (start early - beans like to take their time), pour off the soaking water, and ham bone, 8 cups of water, onion and seasonings.
  • Put on the back of the stove and let simmer gently until beans are very tender, usually about 4 hours.
  • Add more water if needed.
  • Remove and discard ham bone.
  • If the water looks a bit scant pour in 1-2 cups more.
  • When beans are good and tender remove about a cupful of the beans and mash well with some of the bean liquid. (This can be done in a blender)
  • Return mashed beans to pot, taste for seasoning, and serve steaming hot over freshly cooked white rice.
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