Smothered Black-Eyed Peas

Smothered Black-Eyed Peas

There’s no need to relegate black-eyed peas to just New Year’s—this easy-to-make stew makes any meal better.

Serves: 6

Serve this stew as a side over your choice of steamed rice or grits, or smother some blackened tofu or seitan with ‘em and eat as a main dish. This is an easy dish to make, since black-eyed peas cook quickly and do not require soaking.

Serves 6

What you need:

2 cups black-eyed peas (uncooked)
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 cups thinly sliced onion halves
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon chipotle powder
1 heaping teaspoon unsalted Creole seasoning
1 tablespoon chopped garlic
4 cups vegetable broth
2 cups water
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon hot sauce
1 cup chiffonaded mild greens (spinach, chard, or beet)
1/4 cup chopped parsley


What you do:

1. In a medium bowl, rinse peas in cold water. Pick out any debris, drain, and set aside.

2. In a large pot over medium-high heat, heat oil. Sauté onions until lightly browned. Stir in thyme, chipotle powder, Creole seasoning, and garlic and stir for 1 to 2 minutes. Add broth, water, and peas to the pot. Bring to a boil, cover, and reduce heat to a slow simmer.

3. Simmer for an hour, stirring every 20 minutes or so, until soft (they will not be mushy, but will be tender).

4. When beans are tender, stir in salt, hot sauce, greens, and parsley until greens soften. Season to taste with more salt and hot sauce.

Photo by Hannah Kaminsky

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