12.29.14

Crockpot Black Eyed Peas with Jalapeño, Bacon and Sausage

Its almost New Years and you know what you HAVE TO DO?  Eat black eyed peas to bring in luck to the next year of your life.  My family practices this superstitious tradition annually and, over the years, I have come up with some fun black eyed peas recipes.  My favorite is this super southern style black eyed peas that I toss in the crockpot with bacon, sausage, onions and jalapeños!  You will never call black eyed peas bland again because this recipe is delicious!

Never heard of this black eyed pea tradition or just curious about the history behind it? Read more about it here.

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Ingredients:

1 yellow onion, loosely chopped

2 cloves of garlic

5 strips of bacon (We like to use Pederson’s Uncured Apple Smoked Bacon)

1 14-oz. link of Jalapeno Smoked Sausage Or you can use Turkey/Pork Kielbasa found at any grocery store. (We used Pederson Natural Farms brand again, found at Whole Foods)

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*1 lb. of presoaked or 1 lb. dried black eyed peas (soaked overnight)

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4 cups of low sodium chicken broth (or 1 32-oz carton)

1/2 tsp of cajun seasoning (optional) you can just do 1/2 tsp of salt and 1/2 tsp of pepper if you do not have this.

Method:

*IF you have dried black eyed peas:  Place them in a colander and rinse well with cool running water discarding any discolored peas or any pebbles.  Place them in a large pot and fill to the top and soak the black eyed peas overnight.  If you were able to buy presoaked black eyed peas, skip this step.  ((If it is New Years Day and you forgot to soak your peas and could only find dried ones, follow PART 1 of this step by step tutorial.))

1.  Place chopped onions and 2 cloves of garlic in the bottom of the crockpot.

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2. Cut bacon into 1 inch chunks.  And slice your jalapeño thinly.  Place both bacon and jalapeño slices into crockpot.

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3. Slice your sausage link, place into crockpot.

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4. Add your presoaked black eyed peas to the Crockpot now.  If you soaked them overnight, drain in a colander before you add them to the crockpot.

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5. Now add your cajun seasoning (or your salt and pepper) and your chicken broth.  Stir well. Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours or on high for 4-6 hours.

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6. After cooked, ladle black eyed peas into a bowl and serve immediately!  Enjoy!

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