New Year BLACK-EYED PEAS
- olive oil
- 1 large yellow onion, diced
- 5-6 cloves of garlic, smashed
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 ham hock or 1.5 lbs smoked turkey neck
- about 48 ounces of fresh black-eyed peas
- salt and pepper to taste
In a large Dutch oven, saute the onion, garlic, and bay leaves in olive oil over medium heat until onions are soft and translucent. Add the ham hock or smoked turkey and the peas and enough cold water until the peas are just covered. Bring to a boil, skim off any foamy impurities, then reduce heat to simmer for about 15 minutes, until beans are tender. Let sit, covered, for at least an hour so that ham flavors and pea flavors have time to meld. Drain some of the water if desired, remove bay leaves and ham hock/turkey, shred any ham or smoked turkey off the bone and add it to the pot). Salt and pepper to taste.
Have a Blessed and Happy New Year!