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New Year Black Eyed Peas Recipe
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New Year Black Eyed Peas

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"A delicious New Year's Eve recipe to bring you luck in the new year! I sometimes just use the ham bone and some of the surrounding meat from the traditional Christmas ham that I make each year, but the ham hocks also add a nice, smokey, rustic flavor of their own."

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Original recipe makes 10 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    3 hrs

    11 hrs 20 mins


  1. Place the black-eyed peas into a large container and cover with several inches of cool water; let stand 8 hours to overnight. Drain and rinse before using.
  2. In a large stock pot over medium heat, cook and stir onion and garlic in olive oil until onion becomes translucent, about 5 minutes. Pour in the chicken broth and 8 cups water, bring to a boil, and reduce heat to a simmer. Stir in soaked black-eyed peas, ham hocks, tomatoes, pepperoncini, bay leaf, garlic powder, thyme, and salt and pepper. Cover and simmer until peas are tender, ham meat is falling off the bones, and the broth is thickened, about 3 hours.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jan 04, 2010

1. The pepperocinis are those (very mild) yellow peppers that you often get whole on top of Greek salads... they will not make this dish spicy, but add a very special flavor to it. I would not reccommend leaving them out. You can find them at any grocery store - they are in jar near where you find the olives. If you would like the peas to be spicy, by all means add some other peppers or even some cajun seasoning. 2. The ham hocks that are called for do not offer any meat to be eaten - they serve the purpose of flavoring the peas. If you would like chunks of meat in the peas, use another type of ham as well as the hocks (as the flavor that the bones and skin impart are the signature flavor of traditional southern black-eyed peas) 3. If you would like less liquid in the peas, or a thicker sauce, reduce the water by half and/or add a tablespoon of flour to the sauteed onion to make a sort of paste before adding the liquids.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jan 07, 2013

There is no need to soak the peas overnight as they aren't thick skinned like most dried beans. If you do so, they just get mushy while cooking. Instead, just sort them, and give them a good rinse in water before cooking. The pepperoncini added no flavor.

Apr 15, 2010

I cut the water back to 2 cups and the chicken stock back to 4 cups. 10 cups less liquid than the recipe calls for! But it is delicious and my 10 year old even likes it. I also added a ham steak all cubed up, and some Cajun seasoning. Two extra pepperoncini. Will definitely be making this one again.

Jan 27, 2011

My first attempt at Black eyed peas and hamhocks. I followed closely, but did not have the peppers or bay leaf. I baked overnight in the crockpot on Low. These were soooo good. Great Flavor!!! Will make again!

Jan 06, 2010

Enjoyed this recipe. It seemed like way too much liquid so I only added 3 of the 8 cups of water and there was still too much "pot liquor" at the end. Also, the ham meat never fell off the bone and I cooked it quite a bit longer than recommended (about 4 hours total). I didn't have any pepperoncinis so I had to leave that out, but I think they would definitely have added something to it. Thought about substituting jalapeños but didn't want to make it to spicy for the kids.

Jan 03, 2011

Sweet stuff!! I made with just a few good I downed the first bowl in minutes!!! Great with a sweet cornbread! I used: white onion..had no yellow....extra fresh garlic (omitted the garlic powder)..omitted the water..used all the liquid from the canned tomatoes PLUS a can of stewed tomatoes...added extra ham (big chunks)...used three small ham hocks...cause thats what came in the package =). I did not have bay leaf..and I only used salt and pepper when cooking the onions and garlic in the oil...this is so good..I just cannot believe it! // side note..I'm not sure what size pot the original recipe used...but my biggest stock pot was FULL without the addition of water...and I had plenty of "juice" .

Dec 30, 2009

This is better than a lot of the hoppin' john recipes out there. It is very flavorful. Just add rice! Thanks for the recipe!

Jan 09, 2012

STUPENDOUS FLAVOR! Do NOT leave out the pepperoncini, but adjust amount up or down according to your 'spice' preference - the flavor is superb! Believe me, I almost passed this one by when I saw pepperoncini as an ingredient - so VERY glad I did not!! DE-LI-CI-OUS!!!!


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  • Calories
  • 307 kcal
  • 15%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 27.9 g
  • 9%
  • Cholesterol
  • 35 mg
  • 12%
  • Fat
  • 13.4 g
  • 21%
  • Fiber
  • 8.1 g
  • 32%
  • Protein
  • 18.1 g
  • 36%
  • Sodium
  • 1281 mg
  • 51%

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

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