Ham hocks & black-eyed peas

Yield: 1 Servings

Measure Ingredient
2 pounds Smoked ham hocks; (or
A meaty ham bone; or pieces of slab ba
Rind on)
2 cups Dried black-eyed peas; (1#)
1 cup Onions; coarsely chopped
2 mediums Celery stalks; trimmed of all leave
1 Fresh hot red chili; about
Freshly ground black pepper

Place the ham hocks in a heavy 4 to 6 quart pot and add enough water to cover the meat by at least 1 inch. Bring to a boil over high heat, reduce the heat to low and simmer partially covered for 2 hours, or until the ham hocks are tender and show no resistance when pierced deeply with the point of a small skewer or sharp knife.

In a sieve or colander, wash the black-eyed peas under cold running water until the draining water is clear. Add the peas, onions, celery, chili and a few grindings of black pepper to the pot, mix well, and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to low and simmer partially covered for 1 to 1½ hours, or until the peas are tender. Check the pot from time to time and add more boiling water if necessary. When the peas are fully cooked, they should have absorbed almost all of the pan liquid.

Taste for seasoning and serve at once from a heated platter or bowl.

NOTE: The volatile oils in fresh hot chilies may burn your skin or make your eyes smart, so clean, stem and seed them under running water. Wear rubber gloves if you can and be careful not to touch your face or eyes. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water.

Formatted by Linda Caldwell SOURCE: Baltimore International Culinary College; ELDERHOSTEL, March 12 to March 19, 1995.

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