My "back porch" is my kitchen, my favorite room in the house. Come on in, the coffee is fresh, and I just made a pitcher of sweet tea. The cookies will be out in a minute. I have over 40 years of recipes to share with you, along with my opinion on everything. Oh my, you are right, it is cocktail time. What can I get you? Of course I can make you a Mint Julep! Stop by anytime, something is always cooking, and the back door is never locked.

Bon Appetit, Y'all

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

My Favorite Black-Eyed Peas Over Rice

Everyone has their favorite way to prepare Black-Eyed Peas. I think I have tried every one out there, but this really is the best, in my opinion. Did you know black-eyed peas are not just for New Years Day!

This is my version of Hoppin' John!

Black-Eyed Peas Over Rice
about 8 generous servings
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The night before , rinse 1 cup dried black-eyed peas. Soak all night in cold water. The next morning, check your peas. Discard any "floaters". While the peas drain in a colander, fry 4 slices of bacon. Remove bacon; reserve for another dish - for example, bacon deviled eggs. Pour off all grease except for 2 tablespoons. Pour this grease in an 8-10 quart pot. Chop 1 onion, 3 stalks celery, and half a green pepper. Add these vegetables to the pot with the bacon grease and saute over medium heat. Mince 2 teaspoons garlic and throw in the pot. Add the peas, 1 1/2 cups chicken stock and 3 quarts cold water. Add 1 1/2 pounds pigs' tails, finely chopped, or 1 large smoked ham hock. I have also used smoked turkey legs or wings. Add 1 teaspoon salt 3/4 teaspoon black pepper, 1/8 teaspoon cayenne, and 1 hot red-pepper pod whole. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer' covered, for about 1 1/2 hours, stirring frequently. Remove the lid and cook another 30-45 minutes. Meanwhile in a separate pot, cook long-grain rice, following the directions on the bag. Orzo makes a delicious substitute. Serve the beans/peas over the rice.


  1. Oh, do I like the idea of substituting orzo for rice. Great idea! Orzo is underrated. It can do almost anything- Thanks!

  2. okay..this is my new recipe!!! i am making this one for new years day!!!

  3. this makes me hungry just reading it!

  4. Hi Beverly, this sounds delish. I'm just now starting to get caught up on my blog reading. Still in California and very very busy. Have a great New Years.


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