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Black-Eyed Peas and Gumbo Recipe
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Black-Eyed Peas and Gumbo

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"This is a super easy gumbo. Smoked turkey may be substituted for the ham. Tastes even better the next day! Top with cooked rice and garnish with parsley and chopped green onions to serve."

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Original recipe makes 12 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    30 mins
  • COOK

    1 hr

    1 hr 30 mins


  1. Heat 1/3 cup oil in a medium saucepan over medium low heat, and whisk in flour. Whisking constantly, cook 5 to 7 minutes, until a golden brown roux has formed.
  2. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large, heavy saucepan over medium high heat. Stir in okra, onion, celery, and garlic, and cook 10 minutes, or until tender.
  3. Thoroughly blend roux into the vegetable mixture. Stir in water, tomatoes, parsley, salt, thyme, cayenne pepper, pepper, and bay leaves. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Mix in ham, and continue cooking 15 minutes, until tender.
  5. Stir in black-eyed peas, and continue cooking until heated through.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Dec 30, 2003

This is a very good recipe! The only thing I did different was to cook the onion and celery directly in the roux until tender then added the okra (I used frozen becuase I could not find any fresh). I have made other gumbos that way and I hate making more pots dirty than I have to. Lazy me!:) Thanks for this wonderful recipe. The combinations are terrific.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jul 14, 2003

This recipie was ok, I probably wouldn't make it again. I made it for a dinner party and it was recieved cooly from my guests

May 04, 2003

This recipe was soooooo delicious and so easy. I used fresh veggies, except for the tomatoes; I used canned, diced ones. I also added diced jalapeno peppers just to spice it up a little. True to her word, it was even better the second day!

Jan 15, 2008

Good soup! I did make some changes. I used 1/2 cup oil & 2/3 cup flour to start. I added 2 large onions, 4 stalks celery & leaves, 5 cloves minced garlic, 1 bell pepper instead of okra, cooked 10 minutes. Then I stirred in 8 cups of water, 2 cans chopped tomatoes, 1 tablespoon dried parsley, 1-1/2 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon thyme, 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, 4 bay leaves & better than beef boullian, simmered 20 minutes or so then added 3 cans black eyed peas, no meat added but I did serve with rice which was good.

Apr 14, 2005

I will definitely make this again. I made some changes. First, I used smoked sausage instead of ham. I also used two cans of ro-tel tomatoes with green chiles instead of chopping fresh tomatoes. I did not have fresh parsley, so I used about half the amount of dried. Finally, I added half a teaspoon of dried savory. And like a previous reviewer, I cooked the vegetables in with the roux, and because I used frozen okra I added it last. The gumbo is very good. Thanks for submitting it!

Jan 03, 2009

This recipe was very good. I added a jalapeno to the onions and celery and okra to saute and used Rotel diced tomatoes with chilis. It gave it just the right kick. I also served this with white rice and corn bread. Great meal for a cold night!

Dec 30, 2003

Great tasting, very filling & easy to make. Number one hit at my house!

Jan 05, 2011

Excellent! I added extra black eyed peas and corn as well. Was a big hit with my 11 year old as well as grandparents.


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  • Calories
  • 179 kcal
  • 9%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 11.6 g
  • 4%
  • Cholesterol
  • 11 mg
  • 4%
  • Fat
  • 12.2 g
  • 19%
  • Fiber
  • 2.5 g
  • 10%
  • Protein
  • 6.4 g
  • 13%
  • Sodium
  • 655 mg
  • 26%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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