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Video:How to Make Spicy Southern Black-Eyed Peas

with Aubrey Franchell

Spicy Southern black-eyed peas are a traditional New Year's dish in the South. Try these spicy Southern black-eyed peas for a delicious, hearty holiday side dish.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Make Spicy Southern Black-Eyed Peas

Hi, I'm Aubrey for About.com. Today, I'm going to show you how to make black eyed peas using a recipe from SouthernFood.About.com.

Ingredients for Spicy Southern Black-Eyed Peas

Before you get started, you'll need:

  • 1 pound of dried black-eyed peas
  • 4 ounces of diced salt pork or thick bacon
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 3-4 cloves minced garlic
  • 1-2 cups diced, cooked ham
  • 2 ribs of diced celery
  • 1/2 of a red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 of a green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 tablespoon of Cajun seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon of pepper
  • ground hot pepper to taste

Prep the Spicy Southern Black-Eyed Peas

To begin, follow the directions on the package to prepare the black eyed peas. You can soak them overnight. If you prefer, pour them into a pot, add enough water to cover. Now boil for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat. Allow the black eyed peas to sit for an hour. Then drain. In the meantime, sauté the bacon or salt pork with the onion in a skillet until it is lightly browned.

Finish and Serve the Spicy Southern Black-Eyed Peas

Add this mixture to the black eyed peas. Now add the red pepper, add the green pepper, pour in the onion. Add the garlic. Add the cooked ham. Pour in the celery. Add the cajun seasoning. Sprinkle with salt. Now add the pepper. Add the hot pepper to taste. Pour in enough water to cover the mixture. Stir well. Simmer on low for 1-1/2 -- 2-1/2 hours. Serve while still hot with rice, spinach, or cornbread.

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