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I have some cans of black eyed peas to use & I've never used them before....Can anybody give me some yummy ideas of what to do with them??


-- heather (, March 19, 2002


I am sorry, Heather. I don't think there is a thing you can do to make CANNED blackeyed peas taste yummy. All my recipes call for dried or fresh frozen.

What ever you decide to do with them, if you are going to eat them, rinse and soak in water first.

I make a white gravy with bacon, add cooked blackeyed peas and hot sauce, then serve over brown rice. Cooked green on the side.

-- Laura (, March 19, 2002.

I would think you could do a variation on the Frugal Gormet recipe. Simmer smoked pork hocks 4 hours. (I use a ham bone-the quality of the dish depends on the quality of the meat here!) Add 1 cuo celery, 1 onion, 1 green pepper (all chopped) black eyed peas, pepper, a few hot pepper flakes, simmer 1 hour. The origional recipe called for soaking the peas 4 hours before cooking them, I don't know if they would get too mushy or not.

-- Terri (, March 19, 2002.

I have never eaten them myself, but one time Wal-Mart had them on sale for 10 cents a can, and I bought a bunch and fed them to the chickens as a treat. They loved them!

-- Melissa in SE Ohio (, March 19, 2002.

I think they are good from the can! I rinse and drain them and: eat them with ranch dressing on them; make a salad with chopped onion, chopped bell pepper, chopped tomatoes, oil & vinegar dressing; or don't drain them and just heat them up and serve as a side dish. Hoppin' John is good, too. I use the Frugal Gourmet's recipe, modified slightly.

-- Jean (, March 19, 2002.

I don't like the canned either. There's something about the liquid they put in there that makes me lose my appetite lol. Most canned food does that for me though.

I like them with bacon(and the grease), a little salt and pepper. I just fry the bacon in the bottom of the pot, then add the beans(soaked overnight) and cook for a while. Sometimes add a shot of tabasco. About 10-15 minutes before I'm ready to eat, I add chopped onion. I make pinto beans the same way.

-- Dave (, March 19, 2002.

Make good ol' black eye pea patties!! Mmm, Mmm good!!! Mash them up and mix in egg and flour...kinda like makin salmon patties. Git that ol' cast iron fryin pan out and get some lard good and hot. Course, now a days it would be canola oil. Anyhow, get oil hot and spoon in the patties. Fry to golden brown on each side. These things are delicious!!! Grandmama use to make these after she had served the peas for a few days. She was NOT one to waste food!!! :)

Let me know how you like them.

-- Uncle Jake (, March 20, 2002.

THANKS for all the great answers! I knew I could count on you all!

-- heather (, March 20, 2002.

Heather --

Get a big cast iron frying pan and put some homemade (store bought will do if you don't have homemade, but homemade is better) butter in. Let it melt over not too high a heat, as it will burn quick. Add to this one onion, diced, and about 1/4 lb of bacon, chopped up. Stir fry until the bacon is just about done. Add the drained cans of beans, a couple of cloves of minced garlic and about a 1/4 cup of stock. Cover and let simmer for about 10 minutes.

Serve with homemade bread with LOTS of butter.

Your arteries won't thank you -- but it tastes like heaven.

-- Tracy (, March 25, 2002.

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