Dirty black eyed peas

Yield: 4 servings

Measure Ingredient
½ pounds Raw bacon, diced
2 cups Chopped onions
4 ounces Pickled pork meat, cubed
2 Smoked ham hocks, about 3 to
4 ounces Each
2 tablespoons Chopped garlic
2 Bay leaves
3 Sprigs of fresh thyme
1 pounds Dried black eyed peas
10 cups Chicken stock
Salt and pepper

In a large pan, over medium heat, render the bacon until crispy, about 4 to 6 minutes. Add the onions and saute for 2 to 3 minutes.

Season the onions with salt and pepper. Stir in the pickled pork meat and ham hocks. Saute for 2 minutes. Stir in the garlic, bay leaves, thyme, black eyed peas and chicken stock. Season the mixture with salt and pepper. Bring the liquid to a boil and reduce to a simmer.

Cook for about 1½ to 2 hours or until the peas are tender. Remove the pork meat and ham hock from the peas. Thinly slice both meats and add back to the peas. Ladle into bowls and serve with crusty bread.

Yield: 6 to 8 servings

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