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Ham Hocks and Black-Eyed Peas

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Category: Vegetables

 Ingredients List

  • 2 lb Smoked ham hocks, (or a
  • -meaty ham bone, OR pieces
  • -of slab bacon, rind on)
  • 2 c Dried black-eyed peas, (1#)
  • 1 c Onions, Coarsely chopped
  • 2 md Celery stalks, Trimmed of
  • -all leaves, chopped
  • 1 Fresh hot red chili, about
  • 3 Long, washed, stemmed,
  • -Seeded if desired, and
  • -chopped
  • Freshly ground black pepper


Place the ham hocks in a heavy 4 to 6 quart pot and add enough water to
cover the meat by at least 1 inch. Bring to a boil over high heat, reduce
the heat to low and simmer partially covered for 2 hours, or until the ham
hocks are tender and show no resistance when pierced deeply with the point
of a small skewer or sharp knife.

In a sieve or colander, wash the black-eyed peas under cold running water
until the draining water is clear. Add the peas, onions, celery, chili and
a few grindings of black pepper to the pot, mix well, and bring to a boil
over high heat. Reduce the heat to low and simmer partially covered for 1
to 1 1/2 hours, or until the peas are tender. Check the pot from time to
time and add more boiling water if necessary. When the peas are fully
cooked, they should have absorbed almost all of the pan liquid.

Taste for seasoning and serve at once from a heated platter or bowl.

NOTE: The volatile oils in fresh hot chilies may burn your skin or make
your eyes smart, so clean, stem and seed them under running water. Wear
rubber gloves if you can and be careful not to touch your face or eyes.
Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water.

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