Soulful Black-Eyed Peas

Course : Beans
Serves: 8
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Ingredients:

1 pound dried black-eyed peas
1 Cup water
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup onion -- chopped
2 cloves garlic -- crushed
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon crushed dried thyme
2 pieces bay leaves
1/4 teaspoon cracked red or black pepper
 

Preparation / Directions:

Sort peas, then wash and drain. Soak 1 hour in water to cover. Drain and set aside. Heat olive oil in large heavy saucepan. Add onion and sauté over medium heat until almost browned, about 5 minutes. Stir in garlic, then 4 cups water, salt, thyme, bay leaves and pepper. Bring to boil. Add drained peas and return to boil. Reduce heat to low. Cover and cook 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until peas are tender. Source: Frances Price, L.A. Times article, "Reviving Soul Food", 1/14/93, page H10. "I've worked out new ways for old favorite [soul food] recipes, considerably lightened in both fat and salt, that preserve much (but not all) of that old-time flavor.


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