Black-Eyed Pea Stew

here's what you'll need

Tools:
  • Soup pot/large sauce pan (or a bigger pot/dutch oven if you wanna double the recipe and feed the whole family)

 

Ingredients, preferably from a Black-owned grocer:
  • vegetable oil
  • half an onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • A bunch of Mrs. Dash Table Blend seasoning (or off-brand. or you can fake it by looking up the ingredients to that seasoning and just seeing what you have on hand)
  • Some onion powder
  • Black pepper (to taste. i like a ton of pepper)
  • pinch of ground cayenne pepper (more if you want it SPICEH)
  • 1 bay leaf (why? we don't know)
  • ¼ teaspoon worcestershire sauce (this is important.)
  • 1 (15 oz) can chopped tomatoes with juice
  • 2 (15 oz.) cans black eyed peas (drained)
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • salt to taste
  • Optional: some chopped bacon or ham. om nom nom nom. Also, you can find canned black eyed peas that come pre-seasoned with pork. Luck's is one brand.

let's make this shit

After making a donation to a local fund serving Black communities and acknowledging that the vast majority of what we know of as "delicious Southern food" comes directly from those communities and their ancestors... grab a pot and a spoon and make this.

~ Good on New Years Day alongside collards and cornbread, fuck yeah

~ Vegan version: replace chicken broth with veggie broth. Buy vegetarian seasoned black-eyed peas with NO PORK.

Mean Gene's Black-Eyed Pea Stew

RECIPE:

IF YOU ARE ADDING BACON/HAM (you should lol): Chop it up and cook that FIRST. When it's cooked to your preference, set it aside. If you now have a bunch of bacon grease, pour it off. You can always throw it in the fridge for future shenanigans or use it as the base for some collard greens or something :)

Heat some vegetable oil in a large sauce pan (fancy word for a pot lol) over medium heat.

When oil is hot, throw in the onion and cook until tender.

Add the garlic and the optional bacon/ham and stir.

Add Mrs. Dash Table Blend to your heart's desire, then black pepper, cayenne pepper, onion powder, and the bay leaf. Stir and cook one minute EXACTLY (I'm jk just cook it until your brain thinks it's time to add the tomatoes. Don't let the spices burn, in other words).

Add tomatoes (do not drain) and chicken broth, stir and cook until it's hot again.

Add both cans of black eyed peas. Bring to medium-high heat (bubbling!) and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Lower heat, put a lid on it, and simmer another 25 to 40 minutes (depending on how delicious you want this shit. longer is better.). Stir occasionally and scrape the bottom of the pot.

Taste for salt. You may not even need any.

Congratulations.

PROTIP: Serve with cornbread. My favorite quick-mix cornbread is House Autry brand. It's not the sweet kind, tastes great in a cast iron skillet or regular baking dish, and as long as you follow the directions on the bag (milk, egg, oil), you'll have great cornbread.

PROTIP #2: Also, spicy cornbread is fucking great with this. You can add finely chopped jalepenos and some canned (drained) corn to the batter before you bake.